White Van Man is arguably the most maligned figure on the UK’s highways, accused of bullying other road users at every turn as his battered vehicle splutters out diesel fumes faster than he can splutter out obscenities. So the stereotype goes. In fact, earlier this year, MoneySuperMarket ran a driving etiquette survey and found that White Van Man, the nickname given to any number of self-employed tradesmen, was indeed viewed as the rudest on the road. But is this stereotype actually bad for business? And are tradesmen really judged on the type of van they drive? It appears so. A recent study by van specialist, Vanarama, has revealed the condition of a tradesman’s van can significantly influence whether or not they’re offered a job, with over half (51%) of the 2,000 respondents confirming they’d worry about how good a tradesman was if he couldn’t afford to drive a decent work vehicle. In addition, over a third (39%) of people polled said they’d worry about the reliability of the tradesman if his works van wasn’t up to scratch.