More than two thirds of van drivers have regularly missed important family events like wedding anniversaries and birthdays because of their jobs, research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has found.
Birthdays topped the list of celebrations that van drivers had to postpone because of attending emergency call-outs or of making last minute deliveries, followed by anniversaries and children’s sports days. Funerals, weddings, christenings and parents’ evenings were also missed out on by dedicated van drivers.
The survey found that women were more likely to miss spending time with family and friends due to work, with 72% of women not clocking off compared to 68% of men.
Van drivers in the North East of England (83%) and London (82%) were most likely to put work commitments before loved ones, while Scottish workers were the best at putting family first – 45% of van drivers north of the border said they never missed a special occasion.
“The stereotype is that people forget Valentine’s Day and have to make a late dash to the petrol station for flowers, but we know that sometimes missing out on the occasion is sometimes unavoidable,” David Hanna, the company’s Head of Service & Parts, said.“We are dedicated to Working With You and as industry experts, we appreciate that working long hours or at weekends often means missing out on special moments with friends and family.”