Up to 20 per cent of the UK population suffer with hayfever. Hayfever is a seasonal affliction and the symptoms appear around mid-May and can last until August. Hayfever sufferers report a number of symptoms including:
- Runny nose
- Itching throat
- Swelling of the eyes
All of these symptoms make driving with hayfever extremely hazardous and can increase the risk of a road traffic accident. At Accident Advice Helpline, our years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation has led us to become experts when it comes to dangers on the roads. By following our safety tips below you can help reduce the number of road traffic collisions on Britain’s roads.
Hayfever and car accidents
A single sneeze can distract a driver for up to a few hundred yards and police have warned sufferers of hayfever they may be liable to prosecution if found to be driving under the influence of prescription drugs which render the driver unfit. To avoid the chances of this happening, here are some helpful hints and tips.
- Only take non-drowsy anti-histamine tablets. Fortunately the majority of modern anti-histamine tablets fall into this category.
- If you suffer from hayfever every year, start to take your medication around the beginning of May before the symptoms begin to appear.
- Check the pollen filter in your car, it may need changing.
- If feeling particularly unwell due to hayfever, it’s best not to risk the drive. Get someone else to do the driving for you.
- Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparounds, to keep pollen from getting into your eyes.
Thanks for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s top five safety tips when it comes to driving with hayfever. Remember, if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors who are waiting to take your call. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket if your claim for compensation should fail. Almost all of our claims are settled out of court, meaning that many of our clients will never even have to set foot in a courtroom.