Recent studies have found that almost half of the van drivers in the UK could save £58,374 a year in fuel costs.

In 2015 new research revealed that 1.53 million (44%) of van drivers in the UK admit that half of their cargo is unnecessary and irrelevant to the journey. Followed by more than a quarter (27%) stating that at least 70% of their payload isn’t even essential.

So, let’s take a look at some numbers here. On average, van drivers in the UK drive about 8,600 miles per year, which is equal to driving to Florida and back.

That whopping 1.53 million drivers who carry unnecessary cargo, are lugging a total excess weight of approximately 350,000 tons. This is roughly 250kg per van, and the equivalent of around 200,000 Ford Transits.

Estimates reveal that a 5% improvement in fuel consumption can be achieved by van drivers if they remove that previously mentioned 250 kg from their vehicles. If the 44% of van drivers who admit to carrying around an unnecessary load discard this weight, they could make a fuel saving of almost £58,374 per year. Which in turn means that overall, all offending van drivers would be saving £89 million for the year across the UK. This is 79 million litres of fuel being spared, which is enough to drive around the world in a van more than 25,000 times.

Of course, this isn’t a finger pointing situation. Naturally it can be hard to estimate cargo as a van driver jumps from job to job. It’s almost impossible to know what you’ll actually need. But every kilo you do manage to leave behind will provide real cash savings.

Of course, money saving isn’t the only benefit that’s included. It’s important to note that weight limits vary between different van models. Those who carry too much need to be weary. Because having too much weight, or not distributing that weight evenly and sensibly between axels, can be a safety hazard for both drivers and pedestrians.