Those behind the wheel of light commercial vehicles are involved in significantly fewer road accidents than their counterparts, with personal cars crashing 3.8 times more often by each 100,000 miles travelled, new research has shown.
This may be because drivers also tend to be more experienced and many road accidents take place in the first 2,000 miles of a motorist’s driving career.
Young drivers were involved in around a quarter of all serious accidents (death or serious injury) in Britain and are also considerably more at risk of having an accident when a parent isn’t in the car.
While these are known for being more reckless and exceeding the speed limit, white van drivers will on average stay 2 per cent under the legal limit on rural national speed limit routes.
The statistics were provided by leading vehicle telematics firm Quartix, which records more than 30 million data points every day from tens of thousands of light commercial vehicles to build its “SafeSpeed Database”.
Andy Walters, CEO of Quartix, said: “This research explodes the myth that white van men are terrible drivers. Those behind the wheels of light commercial vehicles have far fewer serious crashes than normal motorists.
“A major reason for this is that they know it is not always safe to drive to the speed limit, something that young drivers often struggle with, and their livelihoods depend on their driving record.
“In an ideal world, young drivers would always have a parent in the car to alert them to this.
“This, of course, isn’t always realistic, which is why our telematics systems warn young drivers when they have been driving above the speed of a more experienced white van man than the official speed limit.”
The stereotype-breaking survey was released today by telematics firm Quatrix, which has installed black boxes to monitor driving into over £350,000 vehicles on behalf of insurance and fleet customers.
Quatrix is the only company in the UK to use “contextual speed scoring”, a method that looks at road conditions in comparison to speed.