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Van Monster gives insight into nation’s commercial vehicle drivers

The survey was completed by van drivers who were asked a series of questions relating to motoring, expenses and work, as well as more light-hearted topics eg what they listen to and even the sauce they have on their sandwiches!


Survey findings:

If you’re a 17-30 male with a van…

If you’re a man between 17 and 30 years old with a van, you are more likely to not use your commercial vehicle outside of work. As a result, you will spend an average of £61.50 a week on fuel — much lower than any other male age group surveyed.

When you are out on the road with your van, there is a good chance that you will have BBC Radio 1 on and sing along whenever Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire starts playing out of the speakers.

You will also have bacon or sausage sandwiches filled with tomato ketchup ready to eat when it’s time to stop for a break, though you won’t read newspapers to pass the time during these rest periods.


If you’re a 31-40 male with a van…

Just like with 17-30 male van drivers, those aged between 31 and 40 with a commercial vehicle won’t use their vans outside of work. Despite this, they will spend an average of £98.10 each week on fuel.

If you’re in this age category, there is a good chance that you will dismiss the radio and choose to listen to music on an iPod or other music player when you’re driving from A to B. Keep an ear out for Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen too — it’s the song you’re most likely to sing along to.

Another similarity to your 17-30 van driving counterparts, you will have bacon or sausage sandwiches filled with tomato ketchup to eat when a rest period from being on the road arrives. However, you will accompany your meal with a read of The Sun newspaper.


If you’re a 41-50 male with a van…

Continuing the theme set by van drivers aged 17-30 and 31-40, those with a commercial vehicle who are aged between 41 and 50 years old again won’t use their van outside of work. Their average weekly fuel spend will top £93.95 in spite of this though.

If you fall into this age banner, you will be most likely to listen to BBC Radio 2 on your way to a destination and have a sing along whenever Meat Loaf’s epic anthem Bat Out of Hell plays.

There is a good chance that you won’t read a newspaper when it’s time for a rest from driving, though there will be brown sauce on your bacon or sausage sandwiches when you’re ready for something to eat after all that time on the road.


If you’re a 51-65 male with a van…

Male van drivers aged between 51 and 65 years old have a lot of similarities to their counterparts aged 41-50. In fact, if you are someone in this age banner it is most likely that you:

  • Won’t use your van outside of work.
  • Will have BBC Radio 2 on.
  • Have a sing along to Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf.
  • Won’t read newspapers when taking a break from driving.

However, what separates you from your slightly younger counterparts is that there is a good chance you’ll opt for tomato ketchup on your bacon or sausage sandwiches and spend on average £103.92 a week on fuel — significantly more than any other age category surveyed.


What about women with a van?

The survey found that unlike any of the male age categories, the average female van driver will use their commercial vehicle for general driving outside of work. Despite this finding, their average weekly fuel spend is £53.61 — a much lower figure than their male counterparts.

If you are a woman with a van, it is expected that you will have BBC Radio 2 on during your trips from A to B and enjoy singing along to Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell whenever it plays.

Time for a break? Chances are you will have a bacon or sausage sandwich covered in brown sauce to enjoy and The Sun newspaper ready to read to pass the time.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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