Car Chat with Ruth Scott

Ruth shows the pros how it is done down at Mondello

Ruth shows the pros how it is done down at Mondello

We talk to Ruth Scott, presenter of RTÉ 2FM’s weekend breakfast show, and newest member of the wheelsforwomen crew

If you were a car what car would you be? I would be an Aston Martin; classic, stylish, sleek looking and has appeared in movies!

Do you have a favourite car gadget? I could not function without my Bluetooth. I spend a lot of time on the road travelling to different work things. I catch up on calls & podcasts without having to take my eyes off the road. When I’m lost, google maps will direct me (in a very loud and bossy voice) on the bluetooth)

 Who taught you to drive My mother made my 7 siblings & I reverse and move around the tiny t-shape driveway at home before we were ever allowed out on the road. After that I got a present of driving lessons for my 21st birthday. Absolutely the BEST present I ever got. It cut out a whole section of my life where I would otherwise have been fighting with or my mum or whichever sibling would have been instructing me.

 What’s the fastest you have ever driven ( legally)? I recently got to do the Seat Leon Mondello challenge. It was stripped down to make it lighter, special safety seats & safety roll-cage built in. To say it was spruced up is like saying that I dusted myself down before my debs! I was strapped into my bucket seat with helmet firmly strapped on. I may have been the slowest lap time that day but on the short straight stretch, I believe I’m sure I hit 120km in 3rd gear!

Whom do you most admire in your industry? I admire Larry Gogan so much. He’s no raw recruit and after all his years of experience, he is in a permanent good mood. He loves new music & takes every new challenge in 2fm on the chin. Even though we have been working together for almost 15 years, I still get a kick when I see him in studio doing his thing on air.

 What was your best career decision to date? At one point in my career, I decided to say “YES” to every work possibility that came up. It meant that I found myself doing some very unusually things – abseiling down the side of the Aviva Stadium, climbing Kilimanjaro, cycling 100km to Electric Picnic. All things I would never otherwise have done & all things that I LOVED! I still like to say “yes” to as much as I possibly can.

What is on your car stereo right now? I am a terrible flicker. You’ve got to know what your competitors are up to to keep on top of them and so I listen to every single radio station. I just got Bombay Bicycle Clubs new album. They called into the show yesterday. There was a mini orchestra in our little studio and it sounded immense! I’m always listening to international radio stations podcasts. Love hearing how other cultures & nationalities deal with situations on air.

One item you couldn’t live without? Yes I am that loser that is going to say that I can’t live without my phone. Like I mentioned before I’m often on the road travelling to various places of work. Google maps gets tested to the very max. Likewise, the podcast app takes a battering while I’m in the car too. I like to watch Facebook, Twitter & instagram for work. I will catch up on Netflix on my app too. I’ve gotten into downloading some shows from channel 4OD so that when I’m in a wi-fi free zone, I can still catch up on something.

How do you relax? I love walking. I love nothing more than putting on the warm clothes and heading off with headphones on for a good 60 minute march. I really enjoy cycling & am threatening to get myself a new bike for my birthday this year as I’d like to do a lot more cycling. If all else fails, and the notion of exercise is just too much, then let me watch a few episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” or “Friends” and the beast is soothed!

Describe yourself in one word? Fun

Check out Ruth’s Regular Guest Blog “Ruth’s Revs” here 

5th June, 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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