A new study commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed just how busy Britain’s vans drivers were during the Christmas period.
It is estimated that a third of van drivers took time off over Christmas (33%) to spend the holidays with their family and friends. Over one in six were on call on Christmas Day – which saw them fixing unexpected leaks, broken down boilers, and cars that won’t start to save the day for customers in need.
Almost a third of van drivers in the study were working Christmas Eve and many expected to be back in the van on Boxing Day (19%). Nearly a quarter were expecting to work New Year’s Eve, but almost one in 10 got an early night to be up for work on New Year’s Day.
Despite the lack of time off and business picking up in the run up to Christmas, almost a quarter (24%) of drivers answered that they were planning on decorating their vans to get into the Christmas spirit.
A spokesperson for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “Christmas is a busy time for the nation’s van drivers, as customers want everything done and delivered before they finish for the holidays.
“Our survey shows that van drivers embrace the festive season with good cheer by decorating their vehicles and getting the Christmas music on. But they also sacrifice time with loved ones to make sure that their customers are taken care of at Christmas, so we believe they are the forgotten heroes of the festive season.”