Nissan Van Driver Research Builds A Picture Of The Modern Day Professional Driver


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LONDON – Feb 28, 2013: Van drivers are better drivers when their van is clean, their favourite radio station is Radio 2, a packed lunch is their food of choice, some take a nap when they are stuck in a traffic jam and the majority of van drivers are over 45 years old – these are just some of the interesting facts published in the 2013 Nissan Van Report.

Nissan surveyed 250 drivers to reveal more about their lives on the road and what makes them tick in one of the first pieces of research into this group of professional drivers.

Not surprisingly 63% of drivers said they couldn’t live without their radio in their vehicle and when they tune in, 23% choose Radio 2. Surprisingly more van drivers listen to Classic FM than Radio 5 Live and 7% list Talk Sport as their favourite station.

The survey also shattered some van driver stereotypes. How many motorists have seen vans with ‘clean me’ etched into the dirt and grime? The research shows van cleanliness is not a laughing matter with 92% of drivers saying they feel better when driving a clean vehicle and three out of four (72%) believe it actually makes them a better driver.

The stereotypical commercial vehicle driver would spend their life eating junk food, but not so the modern day van driver. Almost a third (32%) of survey respondents said a packed lunch was their number one choice of snack while just 5% prefer a pie or pasty versus the 8% biting on a healthy fruit option.

Nearly half of drivers questioned (48%) are driving 100 miles or less per day reinforcing that they could successfully use a Nissan eNV200 van without having to compromise their daily delivery routines. Spending longer behind the wheel are the 26% of drivers who said they drove more than 200 miles every day.

More than one third of van drivers (39%) are over 45 years of age, but only 3% of respondents were aged between 16-24, reinforcing that companies will have to start recruiting young blood to replace an ageing workforce. Van drivers are a loyal bunch with 45% of respondents saying they had been with their employer for six years or more.

“Van drivers have been given some unfair press in the past which is why we wanted to build up a real picture of what they do, how they think and the features they value on their van. Our research says they are health conscious, hardworking and loyal individuals,” said Jon Pollock, Nissan’s corporate sales director.

“Nissan is becoming a serious LCV manufacturer and we’re excited to be in the final phases of testing the eNV200. Our van driver research supports our decision to build an electric van as almost half the van drivers questioned could use the eNV200 as they drive less than 100 miles a day. The eNV200 promises low running costs and zero CO2 emissions at the point of use,” he added.

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