December 11, 2018
The road can be a lonely place for van drivers, with some stuck for up to 13 hours in traffic and congestion, however it appears many have a solution for battling the long hours, with 200,000 drivers having their dog with them on any given day, according to a recent study by Mercedes-Benz vans.
When you consider that the average van driver can be stuck in congestion for up to 13 hours a day, a friendship with a so called man’s best friend can really make a difference to morale during these periods. The research also revealed that van drivers spend on average over 17 hours by themselves on a daily basis, with as many as 35% of van drivers admitting to spending at least 20 hours alone.
With an increasing number of van fleet operators focusing on the mental health and well-being of their van drivers, it appears a great way to help with this is to have their furry companion on board. The results of the survey proved that this could well be the case:
The UK population really does love their dogs, 65% percent of van drivers own at least one dog and 36% of those owning more than one dog. A particularly heartwarming statistic was revealed by Mercedes-Benz vans as part of the study, that 38% of the dogs that accompany their owners on the road came from rescues centres across the UK.
Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz vans UK, Steve Bridge had his say on the brand’s findings, commenting:
“It’s great that our canine friends can join the nation’s hard-working van operators in the vehicles, providing much needed company along the way. However, it’s also important to remember that dogs need to be suitably restrained according to the Highway Code, so a seat belt harness would be a good investment to ensure both the driver and the dog are safe and secure. I wish I could take Gilbert, my Westie, to work with me!”
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