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What are your favourite fea­tures in your car? Pi­lot As­sist. It is so in­tu­itive, and I feel very se­cure and safe on long jour­neys. Also, the Thor’s Ham­mer head­lights, the ver­ti­cally stacked rear-light clus­ters and heav­ily sculpted doors. Why Volvo? For me, de­sign and safety are the key pri­or­i­ties when se­lect­ing a car. Volvo is at the cut­ting edge of both, so has al­ways ap­pealed to me as a brand. The XC60 suits my life­style per­fectly, with the space I need as an in­te­rior de­signer dur­ing the week vis­it­ing build­ing sites and run­ning into the city for meet­ings. Then, at the week­ends, I like to es­cape to the moun­tains for long walks with my dog. Is road safety on your radar as a driver? Road safety is incredibly im­por­tant to me. Ev­ery day, we hear of tragedies on our roads. Driv­ing a Volvo gives me com­fort and con­fi­dence that I am one of the safest driv­ers on the road. What are your must-haves in your glove box? Prob­a­bly a se­cret stash of dark choco­late! I love Avène Ther­mal Spring Water fa­cial spray too. It can do won­ders to keep you refreshed on a long jour­ney.

Air con or win­dows down? Air con. I love how quiet the car can be, so I like to have the win­dows closed and an am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture set by the cen­tral sys­tem.

Do you pre­fer the ra­dio blast­ing or si­lence? Some­where in the mid­dle. I love lis­ten­ing to pod­casts on long jour­neys. Time is one of the most valu­able com­modi­ties to me, so I hate to waste any. I have some of my best ideas while driv­ing.

What county is the best for a week­end road trip? Scenery-wise, I don’t think any­where can beat Kerry. Sneem and Park­nasilla are two of my favourite spots.

What is the per­fect driv­ing out­fit? Some­thing com­fort­able: a good pair of jeans, comfy flat boots and a cash­mere jumper for long jour­neys. Do you do any­thing to give your car a per­sonal touch? I think scents can bring a per­sonal touch to your car. Dip­tyque does a gor­geous range of car dif­fusers. They’re not too over­pow­er­ing, but add a tran­quil touch to your drive.

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