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Makeup and Distracted Driving

March 19, 2024 | Jany Martinez Ward
Makeup and Distracted Driving

The ideal while driving is to maintain full attention. This includes not putting on makeup, not looking at your cell phone, or being distracted by loud music.

In the case of makeup, practicing this activity while driving increases the risk of being involved in an accident.

Trying to do 2 activities simultaneously without prioritizing safety can be the initial formula for chaos. Hundreds of accidents could have been avoided if the universal principles of mindfulness were considered.

Putting on makeup and driving simultaneously are incompatible activities in terms of public safety. The more drivers put on makeup while pressing the accelerator, the more accidents could have been avoided if the universal principles of mindfulness were considered.

Let’s delve deeper into why applying makeup while driving is risky and potentially life-threatening.

Firstly, applying makeup demands attention to detail. Whether it's perfecting that winged eyeliner or ensuring an even application of foundation, it requires visual and manual focus.

This attention diverts from the primary task of driving, which demands constant vigilance and split-second decision-making.

Moreover, applying makeup involves using tools and products, often requiring both hands. This means that even if drivers attempt to multitask, they are driving with impaired control.

Studies have shown that taking one's hands off the wheel, even for a few seconds, significantly increases the likelihood of a crash.

Furthermore, applying makeup often involves looking into mirrors, which further distracts from the road ahead.

Glancing back and forth between the mirror and the road divides attention and reaction time, leaving drivers vulnerable to sudden hazards or changes in traffic conditions.

It's not just about the physical act of applying makeup; it's also about the mental distraction it causes. Their cognitive load increases when drivers engage in secondary tasks like makeup application.

This means they have less mental capacity to process information from the road and make quick, accurate decisions.

Additionally, the consequences of distracted driving extend beyond the individual. A moment of inattention can devastate other road users, passengers, and pedestrians. It's not just about safety but also our responsibility towards others on the road.

The dangers of applying makeup while driving cannot be overstated. It's reckless behavior that compromises the safety of the driver and everyone else on the road.

As a society, it's crucial to prioritize safety behind the wheel and eliminate distractions that increase the risk of accidents.

So, next time you're tempted to touch up your makeup while driving, remember: safety first, beauty second.

Contact The Ward Law Group if you have been involved in a distracted driving accident in Florida or New York! We will analyze your case during a free consultation!

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Jany Martinez Ward

Jany Martínez-Ward is a Founding and Managing Partner of The Ward Law Group, PL, a Florida law firm representing victims of car accidents. She focuses her practice on providing legal representation to Hispanic clients that have become injured in a car accident as a result of the negligence of others. In 2018, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Jany as one of the top attorneys in the state and among the top 40 under 40 attorneys.


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