Urgent white van man warning as study reveals they’re more prone to two health problems than the average person

Urgent white van man warning as study reveals they’re more prone to two health problems than the average person
Urgent white van man warning as study reveals they’re more prone to two health problems than the average person

WHITE van men are four times more prone to anxiety and depression than the average person, says a survey.

They suffer from long days alone and get less holidays.

White van men are four times more prone to anxiety and depression than the average person, a survey has foundCredit: Getty
Ex-Sky Sports pundit is launching a Vantasy football tournament to help van drivers’ mental healthCredit: Mercedes Benz Vans

Two thirds struggle with their mental health, against the overall average of one in six, while nine in ten feel lonely, the Mercedes-Benz Vans poll shows.

A third have fewer than three conversations a day, spending up to 25 hours a week alone.

But football pundit Chris Kamara is launching Vantasy Football, a tournament bringing drivers together at St George’s Park near Burton, Staffs. Drivers can sign up online.

Paul Murphy, a healthcare company driver, said: “Sometimes you feel like you’re living in your own head with no one else, particularly those on along routes who only have a few conversations every day.

“Without talking, a small problem can be celebrated.”

It comes as businesses try to meet growing demand for round-the-clock home deliveries fueled by online sales from platforms like TikTok shop, Vinted and Depop.

There has been a 37 per cent rise in van drivers on UK roads since 2012 and some 49 per cent of business leaders say they will have to rely more heavily on van drivers in the coming months.

More than half of van drivers also spend over 50 hours per working week on the road, compared with the national average of 36.4.

A separate poll for travel company TUI also found that white van men typically got 12 days less holiday a year than 9-to-5 workers.

Ex-Sky Sports pundit Chris, 66, called van drivers the “backbone of society”, adding: “From couriers delivering our online shopping to the ambulances that support our NHS, drivers across the country make sure that we are moving as a nation.

“We need to make sure that all of our van drivers are healthy and happy at work.”

He continued: “Spending time on your own, not talking to people, these things have a real impact on mental health.

“The camaraderie of sport is such a great way to overcome loneliness.”

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