Mercedes wants to raise awareness of the plight of the nation's van drivers.
Mercedes is trying to raise awareness of the health of the nation’s van drivers during the summer heat with a survey highlighting the dangers faced by drivers – but the real news is that a mind-melting 10 percent of them admit to weeing on the move to avoid missing targets.
(How are they doing it? Who's holding the steering wheel? Where is it all going? Who are the evil tyrants forcing van drivers to wee while they’re driving because they’re too scared to miss their delivery targets? It’s almost like the world can’t continue until these basic questions are answered. Also, don’t make any van drivers angry in case they throw urine-filled bottles at your car.)
It’s not just the 10 percent of weeing drivers that have problems – one in five of the 2,000 van drivers surveyed said that they neglect drinking water to avoid needing the toilet in the first place, with 70 percent of them saying that work pressures severely impact their ability to keep hydrated and have a healthy diet. More than a quarter of drivers said they rely solely on sugary drinks or caffeine to get them through long work days, but a third of drivers have said that it’s too awkward to ask to use a customer’s toilet.
Johanna Hignett, member of the British Dietetic Association and spokesperson for the National Hydration Council, said: ‘Van drivers have a busy job and need to maintain high levels of concentration all day. Being well hydrated is really important, not only for our physical health, but also for mental performance. If we don't consume enough water, we can experience fatigue, or become less alert, so it is really important that van drivers are taking on fluid throughout the day.’
Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK, Steve Bridge, said: ‘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.’