Van drivers claim stress in their job causes them problems at home
Almost two-fifths (39%) of UK van drivers say the
stresses of the job have a negative impact on their personal lives, according
to new research.
The study, conducted by TomTom Telematics, lifts the lid
on the pressure drivers face as a result of challenging work schedules. Almost
a quarter (24%) claim daily job schedules always put them under excessive time
pressure, while a further 23% say it happens regularly.
The consequences of that should make worrying reading for
businesses, according to TomTom Telematics. A total of 50% of drivers say time
pressures result in them turning up late for job appointments, while 23% are
caused to speed or drive less safely and 17% cut corners or spend less time on
“Van drivers perform a crucial function within the
British economy, but there is a danger they will not be able to fulfill this
role effectively if they are forced to work under excessive pressure,” said
Beverley Wise, director UK and Ireland at TomTom Telematics.
“The stereotype of the reckless ‘white van man’ is an
unfair one. Drivers appear to go to serious lengths to get the job done - to
the extent their personal lives suffer - so it is clear they need appropriate
support to operate as safely and efficiently as possible.”
The research, among a sample of 100 UK workers who use a
van as their principal form of business transport, also found only 28% of drivers
regularly took their full, contractual lunch break.
Furthermore, 27% of drivers were regularly unable to
complete daily job schedules. Contributory factors included traffic-related
delays (cited by 42%), excessively demanding work schedules (19%) and bad
planning by the office (11%).
Ms Wise added: “Increased staffing levels may not be an
option for many businesses, especially in testing economic times, but
technological aids can help to alleviate time pressures on drivers. Up-to-date
traffic data and historic journey times provided by telematics can contribute
to dynamic planning processes that ensure daily schedules are optimised. This
means planning can account for expected congestion to help arrange jobs at
times when its impact is minimised and ensure each job is allocated to the most