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Article by Heather Bell
your hair a hit or near miss?
all have bad hair days, when it needs washing and there's just
no time, when it frizzes and won't straighten, when your new extensions
suddenly come out in his hands! But a staggering 190,000 female
motorists have blamed their hairstyle for causing an accident
or a 'near miss'!
all, celebrities can hide behind a curtain of hair anytime
they want to...they are frequently chauffeur driven and
don't need to worry about a sudden loss of vision as they
go round the bend!
Hair raising facts...
According to research, conducted by the female-friendly
insurer, Sheilas' Wheels, some interesting facts have
67% of women currently have a hairstyle than could fall
into their eyes whilst driving.
21% only a fifth of women, actually secure their hair
off the face before driving.
An amazing 9 million female motorists say they never secure
their hair back before getting behind the wheel.
The reasons women have for not securing their hair back
33% don't believe it's necessary
8% don't remember to bring a hair tie
8% don't want to ruin an existing hairstyle
53% - over half of women, prioritise style over practicality
when it comes to hairstyles. 9.5 million female drivers
never consider how their peripheral vision might be limited
or obscured when choosing a hairstyle.
The following hairstyles were voted the top three most
dangerous on the roads:
50% The long fringe
44% Sweeping fringe
5% Short layers to frame the face
Are you checking your mirror for the wrong reasons?
Apart from obstructing female motorists' sight, hair is
frequently a source of distraction. 57% of women in the
survey, confessed to rearranging their hair whilst driving,
pushing it away from their face, leaving them temporarily
out of control of their car.
The survey highlights the hidden dangers of some hair
trends, fashionable hairstyles are never going to be the
most practical and it's worth keeping a few hair accessories
in the glove compartment, like hair grips, bands, section
clips for a safe journey. Sunglasses can also be a problem,
designer ones, whether real or imitation are frequently
made with wide opaque arms that obscure your peripheral
vision. Though they do make a fashion statement when worn
as an 'Alice band' to draw the hair up and away from your
Maxey, hairdresser to the stars, commented: "For some
celebrities, a change of hairstyle is headline news. Take
Kate Moss and The Fringe for example - in recent weeks
we've been inundated with requests for the long fringe
and despite it falling over the eyes, it's now a fashion
statement and people want it."
Tips to keep yourself
and passengers safe when driving:
1/ Make sure you can see clearly all round when driving - if
the last time you could see where you were going safely, was
when you passed your test, it's time to think again!
2/ Stilettos, wedgies and platform shoes may be essential to
compliment your outfit, but they can easily cause problems under
the pedals. Try keeping a pair of shoes in the car, just for
driving - pays dividends, because you won't be scuffing the
heels of your favourite shoes and boots.
It's hard to believe girls, but cars really don't just
look after themselves indefinitely! Sometimes you have
to get up close and personal with that stuff under the
bonnet. For lots of helpful advice about keeping your
motor roadworthy, go to
You'll find everything there from topping up the wash
wipe fluid and oil; to checking tyre pressures for each
make of car. Tyres are expensive, but the fine for getting
caught with a faulty one is an eye popping £2500 per tyre.
the mega sales that are on at the moment. If you're not sure
where your nearest testing station is, go to www.ukmot.com and
search their online directory. Register with them and they'll
even send you an email reminder, so you don't miss the next
Don't forget your MOT
- lots of people do, male and female! There's a £60 Fixed
Penalty for getting caught without one. That's the cost
of a couple of fab outfits