Usually typecast as selfish, inconsiderate and aggressive, the nation’s white van drivers could in reality be much more kindly, if a new survey is to be believed.
AXA Business Insurance carried out a poll of both male and female van drivers, quizzing them on their senses of selflessness, responsibility and their moral codes.
According to the results, more than half of van drivers regularly use their vehicles ‘for the benefit of others’, while nine in ten would stop to help another motorist in need.
‘Selfless, responsible and morally upright’
Likewise, 78 per cent said that they’d pull over to help an injured person, while 75 per cent said that they’d stop to help somebody who was knocked over and 72 per cent noted that they’d help in a crash.
In addition, 66 per cent of van drivers said they would pull over to help a vulnerable looking person, while 65 per cent would help a victim who was being attacked in the street.
Finally, just under half would stop to help out a driver with a broken down vehicle, while nearly a third said that they’d intervene in the incidence of road rage or aggressive behaviour.
Darrell Sansom, managing director at AXA Business Insurance, said: “The boorish, selfish and aggressive characteristics associated with the label ‘white van man’ are out dated, unjust and quite frankly unfair.
“We know from our research that people who drive for a living are generally professional and assured behind the wheel.”
“They’re less likely than other drivers to break laws related to speed and drink-driving,” he said, “and they are safer and more confident than other drivers when handling heavy traffic, roundabouts and overtaking.
“In my view, we need to reclaim the label and take back the term. White van man is the nation’s secret superhero. Let’s celebrate him and her as such.”
“The nation’s secret superhero”
Back in January, news broke of a white van driver from Sheffield who likewise broke the stereotype, transforming his white van into a mobile studio flat and taking it on a tour around the world.
Two years ago, 25-year old electronics engineer Mike Hudson left his job to go travelling, converting an old white van into a fully functional mobile home with little else than scrap material and elbow grease.
Since then, he’s gone bear-spotting in Romania, surfed off the Portuguese coast, partied at free festivals in Spain, Hungary and Switzerland and celebrated Christmas in Athens.
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