Are you afraid to drive on Friday the 13th?



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

  1. Always carry your mobile phone and tell someone what time you expect to arrive at your destination.
  2. 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.
  3. Drive during daylight, if at all possible.
  4. 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.
  5. Listen to relaxing music, practice breathing and relaxation exercises
  6. 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.
  7. Be aware of road and weather conditions and keep to the speed limit indicated.
  8. Bring along a passenger/friend who can help you stay focused and composed
  9. If an aggressive driver is trying to pass you, let them
  10. You can’t control other drivers but you can control the way you react so be patient, stay calm and drive safely.


Geraldine Herbert

13th October 2023


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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