On those days that you’re running late and don’t have a moment to spare, it’s likely that you’ve been tempted to hop in the car and hope that you can finish getting ready on the road… but exactly how safe is this practice?
Is it Dangerous to Get Ready in Your Car?
Whether it’s shaving that 5 o’clock shadow or applying that final coat of mascara, many of us have spent time in the driver’s seat getting ready on the way to work or an event. If you’re finishing your grooming routine at a stoplight or in the midst of a traffic jam, it might seem completely harmless to do a little touch-up behind the wheel. However, keeping your eyes anywhere but the road while driving is a dangerous practice, even if you’re stopped for the moment.
What are the Risks of Applying Makeup or Shaving in the Car?
If you’re alert while driving, it takes about 1.5 seconds to react to something on the road. Traveling at 60 mph, you’ll go about 135 feet in that time– if you’re paying attention. Added to that risk is the danger of stabbing yourself in the eye with a mascara brush, cutting your face while shaving, or (in some states) getting a ticket for a moving violation if you’re spotted by a police officer—which can make your insurance rates skyrocket. All in all, it’s much safer to be a little late than it is to get ready behind the wheel. Whether it’s your date or your potential employer, everyone will be happier to get a text or call saying you’ll be a little tardy than the unfortunate news that you’re injured or in trouble.
Related: Why Should I Buy a Toyota?
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