Van industry neglecting health, survey finds

01 May 2019

New research by Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed that busy schedules, long working hours and regularly being away from home could be leading those in the van community to neglect their own health.

The study showed that two out of five (40%) of van drivers, owners and operators have only been to the doctors once, if not at all, in the past year.

Those in Wales are even less likely to visit he doctor, with 28% acknowledging that they haven’t been checked over in the last year, compared to just 11% Great London, with a national male/female split at 23% and 15% skipping a visit to the doctor respectively.

Working patterns were one of the main reasons cited for the lack of self-care.

Meanwhile, 60% of those surveyed revealed their choice of lunches could be healthier with three out of every five (61%) van drivers confessing they don’t eat fruit or veg for their lunch every day.

An overwhelming 95% of those surveyed said they would like to see healthier food choices available at UK service stations.

Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “While of course not everyone is ill and needs to visit a doctor, to not go at all in a year feels like the van community just isn’t taking care of itself.

“We are therefore asking all van owners, operators and drivers to seriously consider speaking to their doctor or their local pharmacy about that little niggle they’ve been ignoring, or the persistent symptoms that have been brushed off, or the secret concerns around stress or anxiety levels; we have to take care of ourselves so that we can continue to take care of British businesses.”

For more information, please visit www.mbvans.co.uk.