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Masking and Driving: An Unexpected Distraction


Face masks are considered a key tool in mitigating and eventually ending the COVID-19 pandemic. However, even as Americans have gotten much more used to wearing face masks during the past year, questions still arise about when to wear them: Do they need to be worn outdoors? What about while driving a car?

While exact rules vary by jurisdiction, the general consensus is that masks don’t need to be worn when you are not around other people. This applies to driving alone in your car; in fact, wearing a mask while driving can do more harm than good. Read on to learn more.

When Do Masks Cause Distracted Driving?

Believe it or not, wearing a face mask while driving can be a source of distraction and a cause of car accidents. The primary ways masks can cause distracted driving include:

There have been reports of car accidents linked to face masks during the pandemic, caused by distracted driving or other mask-related factors. For all of these reasons, when driving alone or with others in your household, it’s best to take a break from wearing your mask.

When are Masks Necessary While Driving?

Sometimes, however, the benefits of wearing a mask while driving outweigh the risk. The primary exception to the general rule above is if you drive for work, as a delivery driver, rideshare driver, bus driver, or other driver who frequently comes into contact with others during the workday.

Because cars are contained spaces in which physical distancing is not possible, it’s in everyone’s best interest that all parties wear face coverings for the duration of the drive. If your work situation necessitates mask wearing, make sure you do so safely:

Injured in a Car Accident? Get Help

While face masks are a new and unexpected source of distraction for drivers, distracted driving is nothing new. Distracted driving behaviors have actually increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s as important as ever to commit to safe and focused driving habits. If you are injured in a car accident and you suspect the other driver was distracted for any reason, get help from a local attorney. Most car accident lawyers offer free initial consultations, and getting experienced legal guidance is the best way to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.


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