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White van men are the smartest drivers on the roads, new research has revealed.
They came out top in a general knowledge quiz ahead of BMW, 4×4 drivers and cyclists.
Taxi drivers were the worst in all subject areas and 4×4 drivers also performed badly- particularly with questions about the Highway Code.
Despite the stereotype of the white van man being an aggressive driver with low intelligence they were more likely to know the correct answers to questions on geography, art and music.
The research was commissioned by www.constructaquote.com who offer insurance quotes aimed at small businesses.
Lyndon Wood, CEO of constructaquote.com said: “We do a lot of work with ‘van drivers’ and these results certainly fit our experience of them. The stereotype is completely out-dated now as we are finding that more and more people are setting up their own businesses.
“These results really challenge the negative perceptions around van drivers. Hopefully people will think twice before they make comments about white van men in the future.”
Eight out of ten white van men knew there were 12 inches in a foot compared to just three in ten taxi drivers.
More than three quarters of van drivers knew that motorway signs were mostly blue, while less than half of 4×4 drivers did.
More white van drivers knew how many points you needed before you lost your license and also knew how much a pint of milk at Tesco cost.
They also beat other drivers on questions to do with UK geography, sports and this year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner.
Cyclists were better at literature questions and those that tested their knowledge of foreign languages but fell down when tested on geography.
BMW drivers performed better with questions on television and popular culture as well as politics.
But the white van drivers had the greatest breadth of knowledge across all areas despite having difficulties when it came to history, with only a quarter of them correctly knowing the fate of Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour.
Lyndon Wood, CEO of constructaquote.com continues: “We have proven that the myth surrounding van drivers is just that, a myth. You can never judge anyone by the vehicle they drive. That’s why we are so different as an insurance provider as we don’t judge drivers by the profession or by what they drive when tailoring their quotes. Instead we offer a range of products and different types of insurance that suit all the different types of drivers.”
SNAPSHOT OF QUIZ QUESTIONS
How many inches are in a foot? A. 12 inches
White van man (correct answers) 84 per cent
Cyclists 76 per cent
BMW 74 per cent
4×4 61 per cent
Taxi drivers 40 per cent
What motorway links Manchester and Liverpool? A. M62
White van man 64 per vent
BMW 56 per cent
Cyclists 54 per cent
4X4 drivers 53 per cent
Taxi drivers 35 per cent
Who won Britain’s Got Talent? A. Jai McDowell
White van man 61 per cent
BMW 58 per cent
Cyclists 57 per cent
4×4 41 per cent
Taxi drivers 24 per cent
Which number is at the bottom of a standard dartboard? A. 3
White van man 51 per cent
Cyclists 45 per cent
BMW 39 per cent
4×4 35 per cent
Taxi drivers 29 per cent
What is the chemical symbol for lead? A. PB
Cyclists 61 per cent
White van man 58 per cent
BMW 57 per cent
Taxi drivers 55 per cent
4×4 53 per cent
Which ocean is the deepest? A. Pacific
White van man 56 per cent
Cyclists 54 per cent
BMW 52 per cent
Taxi drivers 48 per cent
4×4 47 per cent
These results really challenge the negative perceptions around van driversLyndon Wood, CEO of constructaquote.com