April 26, 2019

Van man’s best friend – dogs are keeping our van operators company

Van operators are battling loneliness by taking their dogs on the road with them for company, with more than 200,000 hosting canine companions on any given day, according to Mercedes-Benz Vans latest Business Barometer.

Mercedes’ latest research found that the average driver spends over 17 hours completely alone and over a third (35%) spend at least 20 hours in solitude.

With mental health and driver wellbeing taking more of a focus than ever before, drivers are turning to the ‘Van Man’s Best Friend’ to raise their spirits, with one in five agreeing that their dogs have had a direct positive impact on their mental health. Over half (52%) of van operators who bring their dogs with them their vehicle say they do it simply because it makes them feel happier.

Steve Bridge, managing director, 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. I wish I could take Gilbert, my Westie, to work with me!”