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Tune in to Road Safety Week 2013! - Day Three

It’s day 3 of national Road Safety Week! To help us all ‘Tune In’ to road safety, Field Fisher Waterhouse in conjunction with Brake are providing information about the various distractions that can

It’s day 3 of national Road Safety Week! To help us all ‘Tune In’ to road safety, Field Fisher Waterhouse in conjunction with Brake are providing information about the various distractions that can affect us when driving, along with advice about how to avoid these distractions.

Distractions come in many forms, one of which is applying makeup or otherwise grooming whilst driving. First of all, if you’re anything like us here at Brake, there’s no need – we’re pretty enough already! But surveys run by Brake have seen 1 in 6 drivers admitting to grooming (shaving, applying make-up, or both) behind the wheel, so this might not be true for everyone...[1]

If we’re busy focusing on looking at how we look, we can’t see the road in front of us, and our minds are definitely distracted. There is also the physical distraction of using our hands to apply the makeup/razor, meaning we’re less in control of our vehicle. For these reasons, our reaction times can be significantly reduced when undertaking personal grooming at the wheel.

Brake’s advice is to achieve a flawless and effortless elegance and grace within our personal appearance. If for some reason this is unachievable, we instead recommend that either we finish our personal grooming before we drive, or that we pull over somewhere safe before we beautify ourselves.

To make a personal commitment to always staying focused behind the wheel, visit the Brake site and sign our Pledge to drive safely today!

[1] http://www.brake.org.uk/news/958-at-work-drivers-taking-deadly-risks-on-roads