Symptoms of a cold and hay fever could impair your driving ability

May 27, 2018

AS POLLEN counts soar as the summer nears in the UK drivers are being offered a fresh warning about hay fever and the medication that can render you unfit to drive.
Penalties for  driving include a minimum 1 year driving ban, an unlimited fine, up to 6 months in prison and a criminal record.

Summer Driving Tips to follow before hitting the road:

• Check the pollen count for the day before you set out.

• If you are sneezing a lot, pull over until it’s passed.

•  Check the literature that comes with the drugs before getting behind the wheel – look out for side-effects including drowsiness, blurred vision, nausea etc.

• If you are going to drive, take the non-drowsy versions of any hay fever remedies.

• If you have taken medication, consider alternative transport and leave the car at home that day.

• Remember that over the counter drugs are covered by the same laws as illegal drugs when it comes to driving. Don’t take the risk.

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