If it’s been a while since you’ve taken your car out for cleaning, you might want to reconsider.
A dirty car can face a fine of up to £ 5,000.
You may already know that if you have a dirty license plate, you can get immersed in hot water.
If your license plate is difficult to read, you could face a fine of up to £ 1,000.
And you can be hit with an equal penalty for a dirty windshield.
You could even get points on your driver’s license or a driving ban if you don’t clean your windshield properly.
However, you may not have given too much thought to the inside of your car – and doing so could prove to be a costly mistake.
While the police are unlikely to mind if your car is full of empty boxes and discarded grocery bags, it is a problem if it affects your ability to drive.
It is also a problem if the inside of your windshield is covered.
If you get into a crash and the windshield was not clear, regardless of whether you were responsible for the accident, you can be charged with careless driving.
An obscured windshield can be caused by anything from leaves to snow and ice. Therefore, clean them properly before driving.
And while you’re waiting for the car to thaw on a winter morning, it’s time to tidy it up inside.
After all, you cannot leave the car unattended or void your insurance during defrosting.
Remove any newspapers, letters, or papers piled on the dashboard as they may obstruct your view while driving.
You should also clean up scattered bags and bottles, which can be dangerous if they become trapped under the pedals while driving.
The fine for careless driving can be up to £ 5,000 and you can get up to nine points on your driver’s license.
In a less serious incident, you could still be hit with three penalty points and a £ 100 fine.
It falls under Ordinance 30 of the Road Vehicle Ordinance (Construction and Use) of 1986.
This states that any see-through materials in your car – such as windows or windshields – should be stored in such a way that they do not obstruct the driver’s view while driving.
Meanwhile, the Highway Code stipulates that windshields and windows must be kept “clean and free of any obstructions”.
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