Safer Driving with Hay Fever Tips

Safer Driving with Hay Fever Tips

Some simple tips to help you avoid hay fever symptoms…

Your driving can be affected by the symptoms of hay fever, however there are some simple things you can do to try and minimise the effects.

IAM RoadSmart tells us sneezing in particular can prove a serious distraction to driving, while watery, dry, or itchy eyes can affect your vision and you mustn’t forget the affects that medication can have on you as well.

But following these steps can assist:

Keep it clean

Keep your car clear of dust and pollen by vacuuming carpets, mats and upholstery.

Check to see if there is a pollen filter available for your car – if you have one installed, does the filter need changing?

Keep windows up

Keeping your windows closed and setting your air-conditioning to recycle will reduce pollen concentrations in your vehicle.

Give the vents a good blow through with cold air when you are not in the car to remove any dust that may be in them.

Keep up the medication

Taking the right non-drowsy medication is vital and always read the label, or better still ask the pharmacist.

Have tissues on board

Keep tissues close by to avoid taking your eyes off the road. Putting a few dabs of Vaseline inside your nostrils will also aid in trapping pollen.

Dealing with sneezes

Slow down or drop back from the vehicle in front if you think you’re going to sneeze. If you can do it safely, stop.

If you are one to have a sneezing fit we recommend finding an appropriate place to stop and allow yourself to recover.

Slip on some shades

Wearing sun glasses can help – but make sure they don’t have a negative impact on your vision through windows that are already tinted.

Got any other tips on dealing with hay fever? Let us know in the comments section below.

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