Centuries of superstition have made us dread the day, but is Friday the 13th actually as unlucky as legend would have it? Probably not but for the 1% who won’t dare drive on this day we have some tips writes Geraldine Herbert
According to the AA 1% of drivers in Ireland will not venture on the road on Friday the 13th so here are our tips on how to calm your driving nerves
- Always carry your mobile phone and tell someone what time you expect to arrive at your destination.
- Carefully plan your route before you leave and a map in the glove box is always a handy reference if you are on a new route.
- Drive during daylight, if at all possible.
- Before you go fill up your tank at least half full to avoid the worry of running low on fuel while trying to find a petrol station.
- Listen to relaxing music, practice breathing and relaxation exercises
- A good motor policy should provide assistance services such as jump starts, flat tyres, unlocking vehicle and fuel delivery. If you break down more than a certain distance from your home, your insurance should provide overnight accommodation or 24-hour car rental.
- Be aware of road and weather conditions and drive defensively — adjust your speed and keep to the speed limit indicated.
- Bring along a passenger/friend who can help you stay focused and composed
- If an aggressive driver is trying to pass you, let them
- You can’t control other drivers but you can control the way you react so be patient, stay calm and drive safely.
13th April, 2018