October 17, 2010 19:01 ET

Van Drivers Trade in Burgers and Chips for Sandwiches and Salads

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2010) - Van drivers are switching junk food for healthier alternatives on the road, according to a recent survey carried out by Swinton Commercial, one of the UKs leading commercial van insurers.

An online survey of 1,200 van drivers completed by the van insurance retailer, found 66% of white van men nationwide were becoming conscious of their diet, and have since cut down on the amount of junk food they eat on the road.

Of the 1,200 responses, Swinton obtained the following statistics:

  • 72% said they ate fast food once or per week
  • 18% said they ate fast food twice per week
  • 8% said they ate fast food three or more times per week
  • 2% said they never ate junk food

When asked what they ate as an alternative, sandwiches appear to be the popular choice of meal on the road with 56% of the participants claiming they often snacked on them. Pasta was next, with 20% of people consuming it as an alternative, 14% said they ate salads and 6% ate fish. 

Commercial transport companies will welcome the news as healthier drivers will mean more alert and happier drivers, which will hopefully reduce the amount of accidents on the roads.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "It's great news that van drivers have become more aware of their health. Driving all day can become unhealthy over a long period of time, so any changes to drivers health will be welcomed by the industry. A healthy driver will be more alert, meaning the chance of an accident will be lower and insurance premiums will remain low."

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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