Actress, Singer, West End Star and Vocal Coach are just a few of Zoe Tyler’s many talents. She has appeared on countless TV shows in her various guises, and is currently a regular presenter on ITV’s award-winning daytime chat show, Loose Women. Zoe kindly took some time out of her very busy schedule to talk about Minis, Maestros an M6 Breakdown, plus how her son chose her latest car!
Who taught you to drive?
I did go to a driving school but my Dad also gave me a few lessons ‘off track’ not on public roads.
Did you pass your driving test on the first attempt?
I did! I was just 17 and I passed in my sister’s Mini. I was absolutely thrilled!
Do you have any particular memories of the day of the test?
I remember being very nervous but I did get everything right apart from I didn’t know the answers to a few of the questions…so I just made them up! One of the questions I got wrong was – What time aren’t you allowed to ‘beep your horn’. I said something like between 9 and 5 when the right answer is actually between 11.30pm and 7.00am. I also remember the test examiner being very nice!
What was your first car?
It was a Maestro, followed by a Ford Sierra. Because I was doing Cabaret, I had to have a car with a big boot to get all my gear in!
What car do you currently drive and why that particular model?
Last year I bought myself a gorgeous blue Peugeot 307 CC. I’ve always really wanted to have a convertible and as I’ve been working really hard as a single mum I decided I deserved it so I treated myself! My son came with me to the garage and as soon as we saw this he said ‘buy that one mum!’
What would be your dream car?
My son’s dream car would be a DB7 but I don’t even know what that is! I really don’t like things like Ferraris. In fact many years ago an old boyfriend of mine bought one and I dumped him as I suspected he’d just go around pulling birds in it! I suppose I’d really like a nice big comfortable X5 as I’d like to be high up but as they don’t make them as a soft top I’m really happy to stick with what I’ve got for now!
What would your personalised number plate be?
I think personalised number plates are a bit naff but if I had to have one it would be something like S1NGR or maybe LOOSE1.
Have you ever named your car and if so what did you call it?
My Ford Sierra was called Sally!
What would we find in your glove box?
Definitely my wheel nut locks. I never knew what they were and in my last two cars I chucked them out which was fine until I had a flat tyre. You’ll also find my owner’s manual and a lip gloss.
What do you listen to when you are in the car?
If I’m on my own I love a proper bit of Disco like Earth Wind and Fire or Donna Summer, or maybe a bit of Michael Buble. When my son’s in the car I don’t have a look in and have to listen to non-stop Bruno Mars and Rhianna played over and over.
Who would you most like to have as a passenger on a long journey?
Jonathan Ross because he’d make me laugh. He’d be very entertaining.
Who would you least like to have as a passenger?
Any politician or footballer – unless he was very good looking.
What things annoy you about other drivers when you are on the road?
Having spent many years pounding up and down the motorways I have come to loath middle lane hoggers and overtaking lorries.
Would you describe yourself as a good driver?
Absolutely yes!! I drive like a man. I can get my car in any spot and my ex-husband said he’s never known anyone who can park like me!
What’s your top driving tip?
Keep calm and smile!
Do you try and be eco-friendly when it comes to driving and the car you buy?
I’d like to say yes but not really, unless you count the fresh air we get when the top is down?
Have you ever experienced a car breakdown away from home and if so, what were the circumstances?
I broke down a year or so ago in my old car on the M6 coming home from Birmingham. It was late at night and I was dressed in a cabaret frock and 6 inch stilettos. I thank having Twitter as I tweeted my predicament and about ten minutes later someone came to my rescue.
Are you a backseat driver?
Yes – the very worst. I am always telling my boyfriend how to drive.
Would it bother you not to have a car?
Absolutely. In fact I can’t imagine not having a car as I’ve had one since I was 17.
What’s the longest trip you ever undertaken?
Probably a drive to Scotland.
Most enjoyable trip?
Driving around the Lake District. There’s something quite special about driving along beside water in the open countryside enjoying the greenery and the sunshine on the lakes.
Do you enjoy driving still?
Yes. I’d far rather drive than catch a train and I much prefer to drive myself.
How clean is your licence?
I have 6 points! I got 3 points driving in London for stopping too far in front of a stop line – ridiculous!…and 3 points for going fast….not too fast….but fast enough!!