By now, you’re likely well aware of the fact that wearing a face mask while you’re around other people in public spaces significantly reduces the transmission of the novel coronavirus. While it’s very important to wear a mask when it’s appropriate, face masks can also be a nuisance in certain situations.
Here are two reasons why you don’t need to wear a face mask while driving alone:
#1 - The mask can be very distracting.
You have enough potential distractions at your disposal: your smartphone, billboards on the side of the road, and the radio, to name a few. Your face mask can also be distracting.
Most likely, your face mask won’t stay exactly in place the entire time you’re driving. As you move your head, your mask will probably shift around your face, causing discomfort. In an effort to ease the discomfort, you might take your hands off the wheel so that you can adjust the mask.
Not only is this a physical distraction when you use your hands to adjust the mask, but it is also a mental distraction because your mind is on your mask rather than the road.
#2 - You aren’t protecting yourself more by wearing a mask while you’re alone.
If you are alone in your car or with other people that you’re sheltering with, wearing a mask while driving can be more of a hazard than a protective measure. In order to catch COVID-19, you must be exposed to the droplets of an infected person.
Unless you’ve had an infected person in your car within the last few hours, the chances of catching the virus while you’re alone in your car are slim to none.
An exception to this rule would be if you are a delivery driver and have to regularly get out of your car to make deliveries. Then, it may be wise to leave your mask on so you don’t have to keep taking it off and putting it back on with unwashed hands.
Rideshare drivers are also exempt from this rule because they often have all sorts of people in and out of their cars within short periods of time.
But unless you’re a delivery or rideshare driver, it’s best to remove the mask before getting behind the wheel.
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