A (van) man’s best friend? Dogs make drivers happy…
It can be a bit lonely on the road for many van drivers. With some stuck for up to 13 hours a day in congestion, it would appear the UK’s van operators are battling the long hours by taking their canine companions with them.
More than 200,000 drivers have a four-legged friend with them on any given day according to research by Mercedes-Benz Vans. Considering the average van driver can be stuck in congestion for up to 13 hours a day, it’s a friendship that can really make a difference.
As more and more fleet operators than ever before focus on the well being and mental health of their drivers, it would appear that turning to the ‘Van Man’s Best Friend’ is a great way to raise their spirits.
One in five agree that their dogs have a direct positive impact on their well being, while more than half (52%) say they bring their dogs with them simply because it makes them feel happier.
A third (33%) say their dog simply helps them get through their day, and over half (53%) said having their dogs with them has actually assisted in winning new business.
Steve Bridge, MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “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 is 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 that both the driver and the dog are safe and secure.”
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of UK van drivers and operators own at least one dog, with 36% of those having more than one. Proving that the UK really is a nation of dog lovers, 38% of road-going dogs are from rescue centres.
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