According to a new survey, almost half of all drivers in the UK say that white van men are the absolute worst when it comes to aggravating drivers.
The poll, which surveyed 2,300 drivers, saw 45 per cent of respondents indicating that they were most annoyed by white van men. The second runner-up for most aggravating went to Mums making the school run in their 4x4s, proving that perhaps stereotypes have more than a touch of the truth in them.
However, most white van men refute the stereotype of the angry, inconsiderate driver, according to an independent study conducted by Tesco Bank’s van insurance division. 7 out of every ten van drivers reported never got into altercations such as shouting matches with other road users, while nearly three out of every four indicated that the appearance of their van was important to them, taking pains to keep the vehicles free of scratches and dents.
Tesco Bank’s managing insurance director, Julie Hopes, implied that the kinder, gentler white van drivers may be due to an increased number of women getting behind the wheel in order run their own business. The stereotype should be put to bed, Ms Hopes added, stating that it truly has been dispelled by the commercial van insurance provider’s research.
Some of the other cars found to be the most annoying were the more expensive ones. The survey found that 27 per cent of respondents held rancor in their hearts towards BMWs, while Range Rovers – and their owners – garnered an impressive 19 per cent of the hate as well.