Delivery drivers avoiding water and toilet breaks to hit targets

13th July 2018

Delivery drivers avoiding water and toilet breaks to hit targets

One in five delivery van drivers aren’t drinking water so they don’t have to stop for toilet breaks, a new survey suggests.

Van drivers have been urged to carry water at all times as temperatures continue to soar across the UK, but a concerning proportion are risking dehydration in a bid to hit targets for delivery companies.

More than 2,000 van drivers and owners were asked to give their feedback on hydration and health as part of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Business Barometer research.

It found that for a staggering 70 per cent, work pressures severely impacted their ability to keep hydrated and maintain a healthy diet – more than a quarter of these said that they rely solely on sugary drinks or caffeine to get them through long days.

Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of the sample say that their health has been impacted by a poor diet at work, with one in ten now suffering a serious health condition as a result of working patterns.

Rather than stopping for toilet breaks, one in ten say that they ‘wee’ on the move, with 31 per cent adding that asking to use a customer’s facility would be too awkward.

Being well hydrated is really important for our physical health and mental performance, said Johanna Hignett, member of the British Dietetic Association and spokesperson for the National Hydration Council.

“If we don't consume enough water, we can experience fatigue or become less alert, so it is really important that van drivers are taking on fluid throughout the day,” she warned.

The European Food Safety Authority recommends daily fluid intake of 2.5 litres for men and two litres for women, around three quarters of which should be coming from drinks.

Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, added: “It is of vital importance that van drivers take more care of their health and diet during the heatwave.

“In this hot weather, we are asking the great British public to consider the health and wellbeing of delivery drivers, and to open their minds, and toilets, to these hard-working men and women to ensure they can stay well hydrated and keep Britain moving.”