Van drivers will be conscious of the fact that the vehicle they are behind the wheel of is frequently bigger than a normal family saloon car so they will no doubt endeavor to take extra care when driving such as reversing and parking. However, accidents do happen. So, where in the UK is it safest to drive a van?

Well, Admiral that provides various types of insurance including van insurance has undertaken some research that reveals the safest place to drive a van about in is Belfast where there are fewer accidents than any other area in the UK.

The 10 least likely areas in the UK to have an accident in a van are:-

  1. Belfast
  2. Inverness
  3. Dumfries and Galloway
  4. Aberdeen
  5. Shrewsbury
  6. Llandudno
  7. Darlington
  8. Hereford
  9. Blackpool
  10. Galashiels

Admiral also looked at the areas that van drivers are most likely to have an accident in:-

  1. London –NW
  2. London-SW
  3. Ilford
  4. Harrow
  5. Bromley
  6. Sutton
  7. London –W
  8. Watford
  9. Uxbridge
  10. Dartford

As you can see, all these are in and around London. No doubt a factor in this is that London is congested with traffic.

Of course, vans do get stolen which causes huge problems for business owners as many vans are used by small business owners who depend on such a vehicle to provide a living. Admiral also looked at which regions the theft of vans is most prevalent: –

  1. Greater London
  2. Yorkshire
  3. West Midlands
  4. East Midlands
  5. South East
  6. North West
  7. North
  8. South West
  9. Wales
  10. East Anglia
  11. Scotland
  12. Northern Ireland

You can see that Greater London features prominently as the region that has the most van thefts here in the UK.

Admiral also looked at the occupations of people who had their van stolen and it was builders who were most likely to be subject to van theft:-

  1. Builder
  2. Carpenter
  3. Company Director
  4. Electrician
  5. Plumbing and Heating Engineer
  6. Joiner
  7. Gardener
  8. Plasterer
  9. Landscape Gardener/Designer
  10. Painter/Decorator

Obviously, it is important that you have adequate van insurance in place to provide you with peace of mind should you be involved in a road traffic accident whilst driving your van or should it be stolen.