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Clean van results in better driving

A white van on the road11/04/13

By Daniel Machin

Van drivers are better drivers when their van is clean, so suggests a new report by Nissan.

The automaker's first ever detailed report into the modern day professional driver also reveals that van drivers prefer to listen to Radio 2 while a packed lunch is their food of choice.

Some even take a nap when they are stuck in a traffic jam, while the majority of them are over 45 years old.

The official launch of the Nissan Van Report comes as Nissan debuts the widely anticipated 100 per cent electric eNV200 at the CV Show.

It also shows that 48 per cent of van drivers are driving 100 miles or less per day, with 26 per cent racking up over 200 miles on a daily basis.

Van cleanliness is not a laughing matter, with 92 per cent of drivers saying they feel better when driving a clean vehicle. A further 72 per cent believe it actually makes them a better driver.

Just 3 per cent are aged between 16 and 24, suggesting a need for companies to start recruiting young blood to replace an ageing workforce.

The poll also took into account the role of fleet managers, with managing rising fuel prices, vehicle purchase and running costs, and protecting vans from future regulation among their key priorities.

Half of them said driver training is the most popular measure to reduce fuel use, along with technological interventions such as speed limiters (37 per cent) and telematics (35 per cent).

Costs are clearly a big driver for respondents adding vans to their fleet, with whole life costs (25 per cent) and front-end prices (18 per cent) major considerations.

Contract hire monthly rates (12 per cent) and strong residuals (8 per cent) are also important but vehicle reliability is only listed by 7 per cent of fleet managers.

"Our research gives an insight into what modern day van drivers and fleet managers are thinking and the challenges they face as part of a modern van fleet," said Jon Pollock, Nissan's corporate sales director.

"With almost half of van drivers questioned driving less than 100 miles a day, the research further supports our decision to build an electric van and we are excited to be showcasing the new zero CO2 emission eNV200 in the UK for first time at the CV show, which also responds to the need for reduced fuel costs."

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