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Mirror, mascara, manoeuvre…

Women’s car insurance specialist, Diamond quizzed more than 2,000 female motorists on their driving habits and discovered a quarter (23%) of women admit to applying make-up whilst driving, with 16% of those having crashed or had a near miss as a result.

And it’s not just applying make-up; women are using their drive to work to complete routine morning tasks that are equally as dangerous. Almost half (47%) have checked text messages, nearly a third (30%) have brushed their hair behind the wheel, while a similar number have eaten breakfast (34%) and drunk hot drinks (32%). As well, almost a fifth (18%) have checked their emails on a smart phone and nearly one in ten (9%) have read the newspaper.

OMG Ladies what on earth is going on here? Okay I will admit to occasionally slurping the coffee on the go and the only I time I ever tried to apply mascara went horribly wrong as the wand stuck in my eye going over a pot hole and I was temporally blinded by tears!

But this is really quite shocking that so many women admit to doing these tasks while driving. I understand we all have busy lives but applying make-up, or checking emails, when driving is dangerous as it means your full attention is not on the road ahead.

Although the majority (60%) of the women who admitted to applying their make-up behind the wheel, did it when stopped in traffic or at traffic lights, shockingly one in ten (12%) admitted to applying make-up while the car is moving and 7% take their hands off the wheel completely to do it.

In fact, despite four-fifths (84%) of women who apply make-up whilst driving admitting they think it’s dangerous, more than two-thirds (41%) have done it with passengers in the car, and almost a third (30%) when children have been travelling with them.

So why are women taking these risks? For six out of ten (64%) they’re applying make-up behind the wheel because it saves them time, while one in ten (10%) said it was because they couldn’t be bothered to do before they left home.

However with Big Brother watching you on those pesky cameras you may be lucky enough to arrive at your destination safely, but you could be charged with careless driving if spotted by the police. God Forbid if you had an accident that resulted in a fatality as that could see you being banged up in prison.

So sorry girls, but I just don’t get this. Why risk everything including your life or someone else’s when a few extra minutes in the morning is all takes to beautify yourself. Buy another alarm clock, set it ten minutes earlier, then you have extra time to look a million dollars in the comfort and safety of your own home and not in the car that could have dreadful consequences.

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent

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