Car Chat with Alison Canavan

a_canavanWe talk cars with  Honda Brand Ambassador and one of Ireland’s top models Alison Canavan. Alison has shared the catwalk with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington

If you were a car what car would you be?
A Honda Civic, Its sleek, sexy, functional, great family car and most importantly very safe for families.

What would you do with your last litre of fuel?
Save it for a rainy day.

Do you have a favourite car gadget?
Sat Nav as I travel and work in so many different places and hate getting lost.

What is the fastest you have ever driven (legally)?
As fast as I’m allowed… I love the open road

What cars would be parked in your euro millions garage?
An Audi R8 and an Aston Martin DB9 Volante

Who taught you to drive?
My Dad Tom Canavan who was in the motor industry all his life and loved his cars, hence there was a lot of shortcuts and speed involved.

How has been a parent changed the way you think about a car?
Safety is now a priority for so many reasons. 3 out of 4 people fit their car seats incorrectly in Ireland and it’s a risk that’s just not worth taking. Choosing a car with a good safety history is now more important than ever as you have your most precious cargo in the back.

What was first job?
Modelling at 15 and also working in Monaghans clothes shop at the same time.

If you could switch careers what would you do?
Nothing I absolutely love my job. I write, model, present and have my own parenting show. Every day I wake up I have new challenges but meet amazing and truly inspiring people every day.

Do you have a personal philosophy?
Yes, Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life and life is what you make of it. I’ve been through a few very tough years but hard work and determination has seen me through. A really important saying for people in my industry is that you can’t control what other think or say about you. I’m really sensitive but have learned through being a Mum to toughen up a bit.

One item you couldn’t live without?
My phone. As parents we worry so it’s a sense of security and also I travel so much for work it means I never miss an important mail or call.

Describe yourself in one word?

Geraldine Herbert

1st April, 2014


Author: Geraldine Herbert

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

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