Some women feel 'some degree of fear' driving alone

For most women, virtually all of the time, driving alone is perfectly safe. Still, we hear of exceptions to this rule, reminding us that solitary female drivers can be targeted by unsavory characters.

According to a new poll by the AA, more than eight out of 10 women can feel nervous while driving alone.

Some women feel 'some degree of fear' driving alone

The survey, which polled 3,000 people in July, also found that Limerick drivers were most likely to lock their doors when driving through particular areas, with Dublin drivers the second most likely.

The results of the poll also revealed that the over-65s are the most confident when driving alone.

Miriam O'Neill from the AA said that a series of high-profile carjackings over the summer have made people nervous.

"There was a cluster of event in May and as a result people do seem to be that bit more apprehensive," she said.

"Not surprisingly, women reported a slightly higher degree of anxiety over the potential risk, but that's not to say that the males that we polled [did not admit some anxiety].

"Actually, 77% of men said that they would lock their doors as a precaution if they felt they were driving through a dangerous area, so I think everyone is that little more vigilant."


Alex Todd Brand Manager at Easyinsure commented "If you drive alone you can improve your personal safety by following a few simple rules. "

  • Keep your car in good mechanical condition to avoid breakdowns and allow you to react quickly if you find yourself in a bad situation.
  • Hold your keys in your hand as you approach your parked car. Don't wait until you reach the car to search for them in your purse.
  • If your car becomes disabled, lock yourself in and turn on the hazard lights until help can come.
  • Always park in a central, well-lighted place, preferably where there are attendants on duty or people passing by.

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