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8 August 2011

ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN: DASHBOARD RUBBISH PUTS WHITE VAN MEN AND TRUCKERS AT RISK


A third of white van men and lorry drivers have admitted almost crashing upto 30 times in the past year because of dashboard clutter in their vehicles, according to a new survey issued by Autoglass today.*

They have confessed to only narrowly avoiding accidents after having had their visibility impaired so much by the rubbish piling up in front of them.

The poll found 33% of white van men and 34% of truck drivers had had between 11-30 near misses because their view had been obstructed - with 27% of WVM and 26% of truckers saying they had nearly crashed between 6-10 times.

The survey of 2,000 drivers, carried out by the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement specialist, also revealed that more than a third of white van men (34%) have fast food packaging on their dashboards, nearly a quarter (24%) had cuddly toys or tacky accessories, 21% newspapers and 19% coffee cups.

Furthermore, one in 10 (10%) said they never cleaned clutter off their dashboards with more than a fifth (23%) of HGV drivers admitting the same thing.

Autoglass said the findings showed there was a clear correlation between the impaired vision caused by high levels of dashboard clutter and potential road accidents.

Matthew Mycock, managing director at Autoglass: “While the classic white van man stereotype is now outdated, it is clear from our latest survey that drivers spending long hours on the road mustn’t let their litter-hoarding habits put their own or other road users’ lives at risk.

“Vehicle owners should regularly clear their dashboards of clutter to ensure they have maximum visibility whilst on the roads.”

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