Using the rear-view mirror to put on makeup in any scenario may cost you more than you think. If you would rather look “dead than simple,” be sure to avoid touch ups in the car to avoid the reality of the former!
Usually when women use the rear-view mirror to put on makeup, they have to move it from its place, taking time to move the mirror that should be used to pay attention to the road. It is estimated that drivers who are alert react in 1.5 seconds, while one who is distracted, such as when applying makeup, would require at least 3 seconds.
Also, for women who use the mirror that is in the visor or sunshade, visibility in the front windshield is further impeded, since lowering the visor will cover your eyes and you won’t be able to see the road in front.
Putting makeup on in the car can also make it difficult to detect potential dangers from behind. Women who put on makeup while driving often adjust the rearview mirror to them and then use it to see their makeup. That significantly reduces your ability to view the traffic behind you, and you won’t be able to discern if you are being followed closely, a car is accelerating and you should move, or if an emergency vehicle comes up behind you.
It is not even advisable to apply smaller bits of makeup, such as mascara, while driving. This will still make it very difficult to be an attentive driver and avoid an accident. There is, of course, always the possibility of having to stop quickly, which may create a collision that could result in the rod of the eyelash mascara piercing an eye or causing a serious injury.
Do not risk your life and the lives of others. Try putting on makeup at home before leaving, so you will not have any distractions on the road. And your makeup will look much better!