Practically everyone who has ever driven a car has slipped out a sneaky fart while they’re at the wheel. It stands to reason that people who drive for a living are even more likely to hotbox the vehicle.
But which tradesmen are the most prolific farters?
Commercial vehicle specialists Vanarama need to know this kind of thing, and they’ve shared the knowledge with us.
75% of tradesmen admit to passing wind up to 20 times a day in their vans. Perhaps more shockingly, a significant majority will even ease one out if there’s someone else in the van with them.
The survey revealed that 78% of tradesmen have no problem with releasing their signature fragrance in front of colleagues.
“You never know how a used van has been used, but now you know something you may wish you didn’t.”
t’s not always a popular decision though. Nearly half of the builders surveyed (44%) have revealed that they’ve had complaints about how bad their van smells.
Over half (52%) of tradespeople drive their vans five times a week, with an ‘average’ tradesman farting about 20 times a day that adds up to 100 farts a week and 5,200 farts a year in their van.
If you then consider that the typical tradesman has their van for up to four years – that’s an average of 20,800 farts in every used van on the road today – a genuinely distressing quantity of residual pump-gas being driven around the nation’s roads.
And, the big question, which trades are the trumpiest?
Builders bums are top of the trumps, with 86% of them admitting to squeaking out up to 20 farts a day in their van.
In second place came electricians, and taking the bronze were painter and decorators (76%).
Carpenters brought up the rear, with just only of those surveyed admitting to kicking in their afterburners while on the road.
Vanarama are only bringing this frankly unpleasant information to our attention because they’d like us to lease a new van instead of buying a stinky old second-hand one.
And now we’ve seen this data, we are kind of convinced.
Andy Alderson Founder and CEO at Vanarama said:
“You never know how a used van has been used, but now you know something you may wish you didn’t. Customers tell us that a new van reflects well on their business’ and based on these stats old vans probably leave a bad smell.
“If they want to impress their customers, they should probably think about getting a new set of wheels, to give their business a fresh lease of life”