Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Can’t help but use your rear-view mirror or visor mirror as a mini vanity in the morning or on the way to a date? If you’re applying mascara or shaving behind the wheel, you could be jeopardizing your life and the safety of others.

According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Government’s website dedicated solely to distracted driving (in addition to texting or talking, putting on make up and getting ready while driving is considered distracted driving), more than 3,100 people were killed in 2019 as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. While that number might not seem high, an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. The government doesn’t track deaths and injuries related only to beautification, but experts say it’s a definite no-no.

An alert driver needs 1.5 seconds to react to something that happens on the roads. So if you’re cruising along the Causeway driving 65 mph, you’ll travel 153 feet (half a football field) while reacting to a stopped car, a car that merges, or changes lanes suddenly, etc.

Putting on make-up while driving, along with any other distracting activities, doubles the reaction time a driver needs to be put their foot on the brake. Taking 3 seconds to react to something in the road, road condition, or fellow drivers, a driver going 65 mph will travel 286 feet between the time they spot an obstacle and put their foot on the brake.

Think of your friends, family, and other commuters and beautify before you drive.