The top ten podcasts for van drivers.

22nd August 2019

Podcasts have soared in popularity among van drivers by 85% in the last two years.  Now, van drivers are almost twice as likely to listen to podcasts as the general population, with one in four tuning in weekly, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

To support its drivers in their quest for knowledge, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has named its top ten podcasts, covering everything from mindfulness to mentoring. 

Estimates suggest that around 15% per cent of the UK workforce is now self-employed and, according to the Office for National Statistics, carpentry, plumbing and construction are among the most common occupations for self-employment.

When you consider the vast range of skills these tradespeople must master – from marketing and website-building, to accounting and business administration – it’s no surprise they are turning to podcasts to learn new skills on-the-go.

With tens of thousands of podcasts on the market today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has narrowed down the field to name its top ten podcasts which can be enjoyed on the road.

  1. For morning motivation: Even if you don’t have entrepreneurial aspirations, the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast – featuring guest lectures from Stanford University – is a useful learning resource.
  2. For the entrepreneur: How to Be Awesome at Your Job host Pete Mockaitis interviews experts and successful business leaders across a range of fields to uncover what simple, actionable advice they would give those just starting out in business.
  3. For self-improvement: Order of Man host Ryan Michler interviews “the best men the world has to offer” on everything from fitness and fatherhood, to career and dating.
  4. For managing your money: Listen Money Matters consistently tops the list of personal finance podcasts. Learn to manage your finances effectively, make your monthly pay cheque go further, and free up capital for the things that matter.
  5. For the great and the good: Every weekday, TED Talks Audio brings you the latest TED talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable given by the world's leading thinkers and doers.
  6. For learning the lingo: Innovative Language offers entire libraries of short, fun lessons in more than 40 languages, with options to suit beginners as well as more advanced students.
  7. For peace of mind: Radio Headspace talks to athletes, scientists, and members of the Headspace community on how our minds help us reach our goals – and change our lives. It can be a great companion if you find yourself trying to restore some work/life balance through meditation or mindfulness.
  8. For four-four-two: If you ever feel a bit stuck when the conversation turns to football, The Football Ramble weekly podcast might well be just the ticket.
  9. For fun facts: Stuff You Should Know, often abbreviated as SYSK, is an award-winning podcast and is ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes. It covers a wide variety of topics, often using popular culture as a reference – it’s a good light-hearted listen after a long day.
  10. For every trade: The Streetwise Tradesmen Mentor, John Clarke, shares what has helped him build his successful business. From the decisions he’s made, tips and tricks of the trade to lifestyle, fitness and overcoming his battles with mental health.​
"Podcasts are just one of the ways you can stay ahead of the competition all while you’re out on the road getting the job done.”

David Hanna,
Head of Service & Parts for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles