Ever apply your makeup or fix your hair while driving? If so, you may be guilty of “farding.” This is a term used for grooming while driving. While you might think farding saves time, it's a common type of distracted driving that puts you and everyone else on the road at risk.
Life is hectic. Often, work, family, school, and community obligations don't leave time for much else. When you're running behind, it can be tempting to sneak a few seconds to apply lipstick or mascara behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, even a few seconds of distraction can have devastating and lasting consequences.
Farding is one of the most dangerous types of driver distractions.
Like texting, applying makeup requires taking your eyes off the road, at least one hand off the wheel, and your attention from the task of driving safely.
When this happens, you'll need nearly twice as long to react to potential hazards—such as an oncoming vehicle, an animal or stopped car in the roadway, or a sudden merger or lane change. This could result in serious accidents, injuries, and deaths.
In fact, nine percent of fatal accidents involve some form of distraction, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Women aren't the only ones putting others at risk while farding. Men also engage in grooming behaviors behind the wheel, whether by fixing their hair or checking for crumbs in their beards and mustaches.
It's important to note that children and teens who see their parents taking part in these types of distracted driving behaviors are two to four times as likely to also drive distracted. Even worse, they are more likely to ride with a driver who has been drinking, more likely to drink and drive themselves, and less likely to wear a seatbelt.
Farding crashes are growing—but preventable—problems. To avoid farding on the road, consider simplifying your grooming routine, getting up a few minutes early to allow more time to get ready, or waiting until you've safely reached your destination.
Hurt by a Farding Driver? We Can Help.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a farding driver's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damages, lost wages, and other losses. The experienced car accident injury attorneys of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault can help you build a strong case for financial recovery. Contact us online or call our Alexandria office directly at 318.588.6303 today to schedule your free consultation.