Hay fever affects many of us, and it can be quite a hazard when we are driving. This week, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, gives us his top ten tips for driving with hay fever.
Top ten tips for driving with hay fever from IAM RoadSmart
- Keep your vehicle clear of pollen and dust by vacuuming carpets, mats and upholstery regularly
- Check to see if there is a pollen filter available for your car or if there is already one installed. If there is, does the filter need changing?
- Keeping windows closed and setting air-conditioning to recycle will reduce pollen concentrations in your vehicle
- Give the vents a good blow with cold air when you are not in the car to remove any dust that may lurking be in them
- Taking non-drowsy medication is vital – ask the pharmacist to be sure
- Keep tissues close at hand to avoid taking your eyes off the road
- Putting a few dabs of Vaseline inside your nostrils helps to trap pollen
- Slow down and drop back from the vehicle in front if you think you’re going to sneeze
- If you feel a sneezing fit coming on, IAM Roadsmart recommends finding an appropriate place to stop to allow yourself to recover
- Wearing sunglasses can help, as long as they don’t have a negative impact on your vision through windows that may already be tinted
“If you are struggling to see and sneezing as well, you can’t be safe on the road. Visit your pharmacist or GP to see if they can offer driver-friendly medication. Here is a link so you can check your medication effects. If in doubt stay off the road and look for another mode of transport.”
We hope that you have found this article helpful – thank you to IAM RoadSmart for this excellent advice to stay safe on the roads!
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