Can I wash my car during lockdown?

9 April 2020, 14:07 | Updated: 15 April 2020, 10:54

Can you still wash your car during the lockdown?
Can you still wash your car during the lockdown? Picture: Getty Images

Am I still allowed to wash my car during the lockdown? And how do I disinfect the interior? Here's everything you need to know...

The government is currently ordering UK residents to stay in as much as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to save lives.

While this means all non essential travel has been banned, is it still okay to wash your car during lockdown? Find out everything…

Am I still allowed to wash my car during coronavirus lockdown?

While car washes themselves have been closed down as they are not deemed ‘essential’, you are still allowed to wash your car at home but only if it is necessary.

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It's important to clean your dashboard regularly
It's important to clean your dashboard regularly. Picture: Getty Images

Key workers - such as NHS doctors, nurses and hospital workers - are still using their cars to get to and from work, so it’s important they are still safe to drive.

However, Dr Hilary recently warned GMB viewers not to go outside unless it's essential.

When Piers Morgan asked: "What is the rule, there are no car washes open, are you allowed, under Government guidelines, to wash your car?"

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Dr Hilary said the only reason you should be washing your car is if your view is restricted because of the dirt.

"Washing your car is non-essential", Dr Hilary said,"Apart from being able to see through the windscreen for safety."

When it comes to key workers, disinfecting your car regularly can help reduce the transmission of germs when still using it to drive to and from work.

As the steering wheel is the most touched part of your interior, wipe it down with anti-bacterial wipes or an alcohol based disinfectant.

It’s also important to regular clean control stalks, the ignition and power button, dashboard and your keys.

It’s unknown how long COVID-19 can stay on surfaces, but studies of other viruses in the same family suggest that, in most circumstances, the risk is likely to be reduced significantly after 72 hours.

The government recommends using personal protective equipment, such as gloves and an apron, if someone with confirmed or suspected coronavirus has been in your car.

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