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Van Drivers Say Dogs Can Be Good For Business

Author: Sam Allibone


Mercedes-Benz Vans have found that dogs have a positive impact on the day-to-day life of van operators.

Herbet in a Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz Vans have found that 200,000 van drivers have a canine companion along for the ride on any given day – making 52% of drivers feel happier and 45% more relaxed.

A study of 2,000 van operators shows 20% of drivers feel that having their dog with them has a positive impact on their mental health - it also breaks up the average 17 hours spent on their own.

Having a dog ride along can also be good for business too - over half (53%) say that their furry friend has aided in winning new business. This is good news for the 65% of van driver’s who own at least one dog.

Steve Bridge, Managing Director at Mercedes-Benz Vans, commented: “It’s great that our canine friends can join the nation’s hard-working van operators in the vehicles, providing much needed company along the way. However, it is also important to remember that dogs need to be suitably restrained according to the Highway Code, so a seat belt harness would be a good investment to ensure that both the driver and the dog are safe and secure.

“I wish I could take Gilbert, my Westie, to work with me!”


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