New figures from GoCompare show the shocking cleaning habits of British van drivers with 17% admitting they have never washed their van at all.

The study also reveals that 22% use their spare seats as a rubbish bin and 67% admit their van is usually cluttered with food and drink wrappers.

Where in Britain are vans most likely to be dirty?

Vans are most likely to be dirty in Cambridge. In fact, half the respondents in Cambridge admitted they have never washed the outside of their van, and a whopping 38% have never washed the inside either.

Cambridge was closely followed by Sheffield and Leicester where 45% and 33% of van drivers admitted to never cleaning the outside of their van respectively.

But, it isn’t grubby everywhere

Vans are most likely to be washed by their owners every week in Belfast, Birmingham and London. 44% of van drivers in Belfast, 40% of drivers in Birmingham and 38% of drivers in London clean their vans inside and out on a weekly basis.

The survey of 500 UK adult van drivers by OnePoll on behalf of GoCompare also found that the art of washing your van yourself is dying out.

62% of drivers that use their van for business are more likely to take it to a car wash on a local forecourt, rather than do it themselves.

Matt Oliver, from Van Insurance, said: “With many van drivers using their vehicle for work, it’s interesting to see how attitudes vary when it comes to cleaning their vehicles.

“While making time to clean your van is unlikely to be at the top of anyone’s to-do list, a van can be the face of your business so keeping it tidy only makes sense.”