You’re getting a new tattoo. You’ve made the necessary preparations by clearing your calendar for the day and have even researched how to make your skin more accommodating (view tips here). Then all of a sudden it hits you – is it safe to drive after getting a tattoo? You planned on driving yourself to and from the studio, but are now unsure if it’s a good idea. While for some clients it’s fine, others are advised to hitch a ride. Let’s find out which category you fall in.
3 Things to Consider When Deciding Whether or Not You Should Drive Yourself to a Tattoo Appointment
I. Are You Already a Good/Bad Driver?
What is your driver history like? If there are a few so-called demerits in your history behind the wheel then you may need to admit to yourself that you might not be qualified to drive yourself home from any sort of procedure, tattoos included. If unsure of your lifetime driver’s record, you (BC residents) can request it from ICBC right here.
II. Tattoo Placement Makes a Big Difference
There are two things to consider when it comes to tattoo placement and whether or not it’s safe to driving after getting a tattoo.
For one, does your tattooist plan on using a numbing agent on your skin? If the numbing agent is to be placed on a part of your body that is employed while driving, secure an alternative ride home. This includes that hands and arms (which operate the steering wheel) and lower legs (which operate the accelerator/brake pedals). While numbing creams feel like they wear off by the time your session is done, they can still impact your ability to respond quickly on the road as needed.
The other consideration regarding placement is with respect to direct contact with your fresh tattoo while driving. A tattoo on the backside (buttocks, thighs, and back) will experience friction while in the driver seat, which will cause pain and discomfort. This will impact your ability to stay focused on the road.
II. Low Threshold for Pain = Distracted Driving
Another consideration is your threshold for pain. If low, call an Uber/Lyft or friend/family-member that owes you a favor. Post-tattoo pain and discomfort may be manageable BUT they can still distract you while driving. Distracted driving is the leading cause of automobile accidents in Canada. Don’t add to the statistics. Instead, take the bus.
Are you getting a tattoo in the Greater Vancouver area? They you may not need to drive after your appointment after all. SOH Tattoo is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. As a result, clients have easy access to public transit, taxis, ride-hailing services, and nearby friends. Schedule a consultation at SOH today.