The British ‘white van man’ has existed as a stereotype for years with drivers often being labelled as rude and inconsiderate.
The poor van drivers really do not traditionally have the best reputation also being associated with junk food and laziness.
However, research has shown many are ditching the cliché lifestyle in favour of regular trips to the gym and healthy eating.
A new study has shown that the average British van driver will work out twice a week often heading to the gym at the end of the working day.
More than one in 10 actually work out at least five times a week and claim to eat a healthy diet of fruit, vegetables and salad while on the road.
Instead of grabbing a greasy burger and chips from a food van, one in seven drivers say that they will make their own packed lunch to save money and ensure they get their greens and nutrients.
A spokesman for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which commissioned the study, said:
This research seems to show that nowadays, van drivers are leading a much healthier lifestyle than you might expect.
Rather than grabbing whatever they can while out on the road, they are tucking into homemade lunches of salad and fruit – a far cry from the food you might expect them to be eating.
The research also discovered that four in 10 drivers will eat fruit and healthy snacks instead of munching on packets of crisps and chocolate bars.
Van drivers in the West Midlands proved to be the most active working out on average three times a week while Scottish white van men exercise the least.
Not only do drivers enjoy exercising themselves, but they also love to watch sport with 54 per cent saying that football is their favourite and 29 per cent admitting they prefer to watch rugby.
Twelve per cent even said that they loved to go scuba diving as a hobby.
Not only are drivers turning to a healthier lifestyle, but they are also claiming to be more polite, patient and understanding on the road compared to what the stereotype says.
In fact 39 per cent admitted that they are concerned about the ‘white van man’ stereotype being associated with them with 27 per cent saying that they think it is completely unfair.
Six in 10 say that they are courteous on the road while 47 per cent claim that they have stopped to help other road users who have broken down or been involved in an accident.
Again, proving that the stereoptypical ‘white van man’ image is outdated, of the 500 van drivers polled, 43 per cent of the respondents were women.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.