October 25, 2009 20:00 ET

Vans Create a New Mobile Office

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2009) - Seven out of ten van drivers say that they use their van as a mobile office, according to research by Swinton, one of the UK's leading providers of commercial vehicle insurance.

Survey of 1,500 van insurance customers found 71% use their van as a 'mobile office'.

The most common office activities carried out in the van were:

1. Making phone calls

2. Reading and sending emails

3. Storing paperwork

4. Diary management

The poll found that the most popular item used in the van was the blackberry (41%), followed by laptops (17%) and 12% even said the carry out paperwork from the vehicle. The survey also found van driver's spent on average one hour and 23 minutes each week talking on their mobile phones.

Swinton is warning van drivers not to leave expensive electronic equipment or work tools in the vans while working or overnight, one of the many 'trade secrets' that can help with low cost van insurance.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "We always remind van drivers to be vigilant about leaving expensive tools in their van over night and we now need to extend that message to valuable electronic equipment such as mobile phones and laptops."

About Swinton 

- Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the
  Swinton Group
- Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008
  and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
- With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street 
  insurance retailer 
- Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton 
  is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the
- Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of
  its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike
  and even classic car insurance 
- With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a 
  panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates 

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