IT’S official – van drivers are NOT top of the list of most hated road users, although they do make the top five, according to a new survey by the Colin Appleyeard Motor Company.
The survey, part of a larger marketing exercise for the Appleyard dealer groups, asked more than 1100 people across the UK who were the worst drivers by profession. ‘White Van Man’ came fourth of five categories – so by no means are small business van operators the most vilified people behind the wheel.
That distinction went to ‘Sales Executives’, followed by ‘Boy Racers’, then ‘Taxi Drivers’. ‘School Run Mums’ came in fifth place.
The survey – and here’s where you can make up your own mind – also asked who were the worst car drivers by make. People who drive Audi and BMW cars were named as the country’s least favourite road users, and drivers of ‘executive cars’ were dismissed as ‘rude’ and ‘arrogant’ by respondents.
The top five worst drivers by make were:
- Range Rover
Robin Appleyard of ColinAppleyard.com told Business Vans: “There is certainly a bit of jealousy at play here, but who hasn’t been tailgated by an aggressively driven BMW taking its owner to a business meeting?
“There are few surprises in the results. They stopped making the Rover years ago, but it seems there are still enough of them doddering round the country to annoy drivers everywhere.”
Explaining his choice, one respondent said: “Do you have to pay extra for indicators on BMWs? I’ve never seen them used.”
“What’s clear is that the British public are split right down the middle when it comes to luxury cars,” Appleyard said. “Either you hate them, or you own one.”