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Don’t let your mask become a driving risk

Here’s an interesting one: Masks can be dangerous … if they are hanging from the rear-view mirror of your vehicle.

Though it is something we probably should have retained from our driver’s education classes, a refresher is always helpful — don’t hang anything from a vehicle’s rearview mirror.

AAA East Central issued a reminder that this is a safety hazard, and it pointed out that during the pandemic, many people have been hanging their masks off the rear-view mirror.

That’s a problem.

Anything hanging off the mirror can potentially block the field of vision and put the driver, passengers and others on the road at risk.

Sure, we all want to remove our masks when we are alone or with immediate family inside our cars and trucks. And, yes, the rear-view mirror seems like a handy and convenient place to stow a mask where it can be accessed easily and is readily visible so we don’t forget to grab it when exiting our vehicles.

Most of us try to be proactive in preventing accidents.

Many are guilty of giving in to distractions such as hand-held electronic devices or eating while driving.

Those things are even more dangerous if there is the added hazard of limited field of vision.

Do your part in keeping yourself and others safe. Put that mask somewhere else while driving.

In fact, never hang anything — including an air freshener, parking pass or decoration — from the rear-view mirror.

Oh, and if you have a reusable cloth mask, maybe take it inside and wash it, while you’re at it.

editorial@tribtoday.com

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