AAA: Don't hang your face mask on your rearview mirror

Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 18, 2020

CLEVELAND — What do you do with your face mask after leaving a store and getting back in your car? Whatever you do, don’t hang it on your vehicle’s rearview mirror, says AAA. That’s dangerous—and illegal.

AAA would like you to put your mask somewhere else so it’s still readily available and doesn’t obstruct your vision.

“It is essential to have a completely clear field of vision while driving,” said Theresa Podguski, legislative director of AAA East Central. “Motorists should keep their masks in their glove boxes, middle consoles or back seats to avoid this preventable hazard.”

Ohio law requires anyone driving a vehicle to have a “clear and unobstructed view to the front and to both sides of their vehicles.”

And that’s especially important since a person driving in a typical city can encounter as many as 200 different situations per mile, the agency said.

“The eyes provide nearly all of the information needed to respond to road conditions, traffic patterns, signals, and signs,” Podguski said. “Obstructing this field of vision, even partially, can cause you to miss things that should be seen, such as signs, pedestrians, wildlife, motorcycles, bikes or other vehicles.”

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