carmascara_main.jpgThis week, a 37-year old woman caused a car accident in Florida because she was shaving her bikini line, in preparation for meeting up with her boyfriend. (If that's not weird enough, she did it with her ex-husband in the passenger seat.) Admit it, if you're a driving woman,  you must've occasionally applied lipstick at a red light. That's pretty tame compared to the beauty acts I've witnessed from other drivers, from flossing (the grossest) to applying mascara (the most dangerous). My rule on en-route primping is: don't apply anything while moving, especially nothing on the eyes, because it leads to nightmarish visions of me (or the driver, if I'm sitting shotgun) slamming on the brakes, sending that kohl pencil right into my eyeball. Ack! During my stint in New York, I see even more public makeup applications in the subway; it's safer, but not less crude. Female commuters stick mostly to eyes and lips, though I have seen a woman painting her nails (the smell in the train car made me lightheaded) and a man clipping his.

We all know it's dangerous to do anything but drive while driving. But admit it—what primping have you done (or witnessed) in planes, trains, or automobiles?