The hot weather is causing health problems for the nation’s van drivers according to the latest Business Barometer research from Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd.
Despite warnings to carry water in the Summer heatwave, one in five of the UK’s van drivers are avoiding drinking water, which might be because drivers are trying to avoid breaks that can impact targets for delivery companies.
Over 2,000 van drivers and owners gave their feedback on hydration and health, with 70% reporting that work pressures severely impact their ability to keep hydrated and have a healthy diet – with 27% worryingly adding that they rely solely on sugary drinks or caffeine to get them through long days.
Nearly two-thirds of drivers (63%) say that their health has been impacted by a poor diet at work with one in ten now suffering a serious health condition as a result of working patterns.
Another issue is van drivers avoiding toilet breaks, with 31% saying that asking to use a customer’s facility would be ‘too awkward’.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “Being dehydrated impacts cognition and therefore driver ability – and so it is of vital importance that van drivers take more care of their health and diet during the heatwave. Our research also highlights an interesting debate regarding the use of customer toilets; it is perhaps unlikely that we would say no to a plumber or electrician asking to use our facilities – so why would a delivery driver be any different?
“In this hot weather, we are asking the great British public to consider the health and wellbeing of delivery drivers, and to open their minds, and toilets, to these hard-working men and women to ensure they can stay well hydrated and keep Britain moving.”