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This Is the Truth About Wearing a Mask While Driving Alone

By now, you are probably well aware that wearing a face mask while you’re around other people in public significantly reduces the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

However, it’s common to see people wearing their masks while driving alone in their cars. You may ask: Is this really necessary?

Keep reading to find out.


Spreading COVID-19


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is known to spread through the air when infected people breathe, talk, sing, cough, and sneeze around healthy people. When healthy people breathe in the infected respiratory droplets, there is a chance they will become infected too.

The good news is that you can only become infected if you are exposed to a certain number of infected people’s respiratory droplets. When people wear masks in public places, the risk of transmission reduces significantly.


Driving Alone


Since you can only become infected when you are exposed to infected droplets, the chances of you catching COVID-19 while driving alone or with people you’re sheltering with are extremely slim. In fact, wearing your mask while driving alone can be more of a danger to your safety than protection.

You see, face masks rarely fit perfectly. Even if your mask does fit well, when you move your head and face, your mask will naturally move too. This can prompt a cognitive distraction because it can be uncomfortable for the mask to move around on your face, which can take your mental attention away from the road. When you try to adjust the mask, this is a manual distraction since you are forced to remove at least one of your hands from the steering wheel.

Since distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States, it’s important to minimize the number of distractions you have behind the wheel. Wearing your mask alone or with other people you’re sheltering with while driving doesn’t benefit you in any way, so it’s best to take it off until you’re in public again.


Exceptions


Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. If you are a delivery or rideshare driver, it’s a good idea to wear your face mask at all times. Since delivery and rideshare drivers frequently come in contact with other people, it’s wise to leave the face mask on until the workday is done.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, we may be able to help. Our attorneys here at Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC are highly skilled in the area of car accident personal injury law and have helped many other people in similar situations obtain justice. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t delay—contact our office right away with any questions you may have.

Contact our team at Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC today at (334) 490-6344 to discuss the details of your case.
 

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