Picture this: you’re lying in bed with your covers pulled over as you try to fall back asleep before your next alarm goes off…perhaps you’re not even trying to fall back asleep, you’re just an over-tired human being thinking about all the reasons that you don’t want to get up and start the day. You’re mentally checking off the all the things that you accomplished the day before, and then – just as you alarm buzzes, again – you realize that you should have gotten up thirty minutes ago because you have a super important meeting/presentation/conference that you need to arrive on time for. You finally jump up, hop in and out of the shower, get dressed, dry your hair and apply moisturizer right before you grab your car keys. Sound familiar?
But wait… aren’t you going to put makeup on? Oh, that’s right, you tossed your cosmetics bag in your tote while you were getting your clothes on. Which probably means you’re hoping to hit just enough red lights to apply a full face of makeup during your commute.
We know, that you know applying cosmetics whilst you commute isn’t the best idea you’ve had, but we won’t wag a finger because we get it. We understand the need to multitask especially during hectic mornings. Although you might have been looking for a few morning commute makeup tips, it would be unethical to promote an unsafe and illegal activity to our readers. Instead, we hope you’ll spend a few moments and look at the facts and figures regarding the risks of beautifying while driving.
The following statistics were compiled from various nation-wide studies on distracted driving.
- Forty-three percent (43%) of all women have admitted to applying makeup while behind the wheel. Almost all of these women admitted to doing so on a daily basis. The most common reasons: waking up late and/or not having enough time to get ready in the morning.
- Eighty-six percent (86%) of those who admit to applying makeup during their commute confess that they do so even though they understand it’s wrong.
- Auto insurance agencies estimate that each year there is about four hundred and fifty thousand (450,000) car accidents caused by women drivers getting distracted while applying cosmetics. Of those accidents, there an estimated four hundred and twenty-one thousand (421,000) related injuries and three thousand three hundred and twenty-eight (3,328) related deaths.
- Only fourteen percent (14%) of women believe that applying makeup affects their ability to operate a motor vehicle.
- What are products are applied most often?
o Lipgloss: applied thirty-five percent (35%) of the time
o Mascara: applied thirty percent (30%) of the time
o Bronzer: applied six percent (6%) of the time
Please understand that while we understand how tempting it can be to make up your face during your morning commute, we do not condone doing so. Applying cosmetics while behind the wheel is categorized as distractive driving, and would be considered illegal in a court of law.
For that reason, we hope that next time you wake up late you’ll consider choosing the lesser of two evils: being ten minutes late for work, but arriving safely with makeup on that you applied before you got behind the wheel, or getting to work in a safe and timely manner and using the opportunity to post a #BareSkinSelfie !