November 27, 2011 19:00 ET

Britain's Van Drivers Prefer Vans to Cars, According to a Survey by Swinton Commercial

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2011) - A recent survey by Swinton Commercial, the UK's leading high street retailer of cheap van insurance, has revealed that the vehicle of choice for Britain's van drivers is in fact their van and not their private car.

Over half (53%) of those surveyed said they preferred to drive their van in their spare time as opposed to their car as it makes them feel more authoritative on the road.

The survey also revealed that almost 60 per cent of van drivers felt safer when driving their van than their car due to higher vantage points offered by vans providing a better view of the road.

A third (33%) of drivers admitted to using their van to run day-to-day errands such as picking the kids up from school, nipping to the local supermarket or takeaway, or helping friends and relatives move large items that can't fit in a car.

Just under 20 per cent (18.70%) of drivers said they'd used their work van to take someone on a first date.

When asked on average how many hours per week drivers spend in their vans, a shocking 54 per cent said up to 65 hours.

The results highlighted top five reasons drivers prefer their van to their car:

  1. Makes me feel more authoritative on the road

  2. I feel safer because I can see more of the road due to my van being higher than my car

  3. I have more space in my van than my car

  4. I don't worry about scratching it as much as my car

  5. I like being known as a 'van driver'

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said: "The results of the survey are quite surprising. People naturally think that if given the choice of driving a van or a car, the majority would prefer a car, but clearly this is not the case for van drivers. It seems that once a van driver, always a van driver.

"For those using their commercial vans for personal use, it's important to check their van insurance policy to ensure that they are covered to carry passengers and use the vehicle after working hours. Failure to do this could result in their insurance being invalid and van drivers having to pay out large sums of money to cover costs."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk.

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 603 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 community

  • 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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