Ask the vast majority of motorists who they think the worst drivers on the road are and there’s a good chance they’ll say ‘white van guys’ without blinking an eye.
Drivers of vans, especially those who run around in white models seem to have the worst reputation, but is this a tad harsh?
We highlight some of the issues that give white van man a bad name and suggest you avoid these acts if you’re a courier and don’t want to be tarnished with the same brush.
What does white van man do wrong?
Ever been sat in the outside lane of a motorway, overtaking a slower moving vehicle only to notice a white Transit clinging to your bumper?
It doesn’t matter what type of car you are driving, whether it’s a Fiat 500 or a Ferrari California. The van will be tugging at your tailpipe trying to get past.
Some white van drivers are guilty of tailgating. Avoid this if you want to prevent an accident and keep fellow motorists happy at the same time.
He talks on his mobile
We all know the dangers and the consequences of chatting on the phone whilst driving so why do some white van drivers still insist on breaking the law?
In fairness it’s not just van drivers that are guilty of this misdemeanour, drive around and you’ll see tons of other drivers doing the same.
To save your reputation as white van man though, buy a hands-free kit and chatting whilst driving shouldn’t be such a problem.
He stuffs his face whilst driving
We’ve all seen this. There have been reported cases of van drivers stuffing a sausage butty down their neck, chomping on crisps or tucking into burgers as they try to beat the rush hour traffic.
Don’t do it if you drive a white commercial. Take a break if you need to and tuck into your snack by the roadside, eating whilst driving is a distraction and it really messes up your van!
He drives aggressively
Ever been cut up by a white van, had to slam on at junctions because a van pulls out in front of you, or been forced to swerve due to the actions of a van driver that seems to be on some kind of kamikaze mission?
We’d like to point out that not all van drivers are so rude, the ones we like to insure at Goods in Transit Direct are careful, considerate drivers, join them and become less aggressive behind the wheel.
He parks in ridiculous places
Okay we know what couriers are going to say about this.
Sometimes it’s hard to make deliveries without parking in crazy places, especially when you have over 100 drops per day to complete.
White van man has a responsibility though. Try to be a little more considerate when you are making deliveries, park as best you can to avoid annoying pedestrians and other road users.
One final thought…
Try to imagine life as white van man. He has a lot of deliveries to make and works in a pressurised environment.
Give him a little slack!