Mercedes-Benz Vans have found that, according to a survey of van drivers, dogs have a positive impact on their daily life.
200,000 van drivers have a canine companion along for the ride on any given day, according to Mercedes-Benz Vans. Of these, 52% feel happier and 45% feel more relaxed when their bring their four-legged friend along.
20% of 2,000 van drivers studied feel that having their dog with them has a positive impact on their mental health, too. The average 17 hours spent alone in the vehicle – or 20 hours for more than a third of drivers – is made much less dull with a canine partner around.
Having a dog ride along can also be good for business too – 53% say that their furry friend has helped win new business – excellent news for the 65% of van drivers 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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