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How drivers should avoid the distraction of grooming and driving

Grooming while you drive is a temptation. You hit snooze too many times, and you think you're going to be late for work. However, you still want to look your best. Why not save some time by shaving or putting on lipstick while you drive? Look around a bit during your next morning commute and you'll see a lot of drivers doing just that.

However, it's also a serious distraction. You're looking at the mirror, not the road. You have at least one hand off the wheel. You're thinking about something other than the traffic around you.

The best way to avoid this issue is simply to plan in advance. Do not hit the snooze button. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier. Whatever it takes, give yourself more time so that you're not counting on that 30 minute ride to work as your time to get ready.

If you still have to do some grooming, just pull over. Maybe you tried to shave before leaving the house, but you missed a spot, for example. You have your electric razor in the car. Just pull into a parking lot, finish shaving and then pull back into traffic.

If you are going to bring a razor, lipstick or any other grooming items in the car, though, experts do warn that you should keep them where you can't reach them. It can be tempting to just use them quickly if they're in arm's reach.

Maybe none of this is news to you, and you always get ready before leaving the house. That's terrific, but the stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others show that many drivers don't follow your lead. If one of them causes an accident and you're hurt, you may need to seek compensation for missed time at work, medical bills, rehabilitation costs and more.

Source: Decide to Drive, "Grooming While Driving," accessed April 27, 2017

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.