The majority of women (82%) now are fearful of driving alone at night, with carjacking the biggest concern.
A survey by the AA, found Limerick drivers most likely to lock their doors in “unsavoury areas”.
The poll of 3,373 people also reveal that the over 65’s are more confident driving alone.
However, fear of being attacked does not only affect females, with 77% of men stating that they would lock their doors as a precaution when driving in dangerous areas.
While personal safety is a natural concern for both genders, many of the parents polled stated that they would only ever lock their doors if their children were in the car with them.
“It’s understandable that some motorists are more anxious given the incidents that have hit the headlines during the past year,” says director of consumer affairs, Conor Faughnan.
“Even so we should remember that Ireland is actually a very safe place, and those awful incidents are actually very rare. You need to take sensible precautions of course but we’re a far cry from South Africa for example where they actually erect signs to let motorists know that they’re in a “hijacking hot spot”.
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