With all the nasty comments about white van men being bad drivers, it's nice that a recent survey has showed that we van drivers are actually the best at manoeuvring our vehicles.
One of the UK's leading providers of motor cover polled one thousand road users, asking them to fill in a questionnaire about their driving skills.
Guess what? Us van drivers came out on top!
Sixty-eight percent of the van insurance policyholders surveyed noted down scores of five out of five when it came to evaluating how easy they found it to manoeuvre their van.
It's no mean feat I can tell you – when you're in a tight spot and you have to get out of it without taking the paint off your van door – sometimes you wish you were strong enough to lift up the whole vehicle and put it back on the road.
The commercial vehicle manager for the insurance firm that undertook the survey stated, "Van drivers spend a lot of time in their vehicles driving to jobs across the whole of the country, so this in itself would give the driver more practice at doing manoeuvres such as parallel parking, reversing round a corner and even turning a vehicle round in a tight space.
"The fact that vans are considerably larger vehicles than the average car also works in a van driver's favour – it's more difficult so if you can master manoeuvres in a large vehicle, then doing the same in a smaller vehicle should be much easier."
I agree. I feel that driving my beloved van has helped me become a better driver. When I get into my car, parking and reversing round corners seems a breeze!