This ad­vice is not to be sneezed at...

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A SNEEZE or snif­fle has a way of creep­ing up on you, es­pe­cially when you least ex­pect it.

Hay fever seems to af­fect many of us. This week’s tips give ad­vice on rid­ing and driv­ing with hay fever, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards Richard Glad­man.

Keep your car clear of dust and pollen by vac­u­um­ing car­pets, mats and up­hol­stery; this will help re­duce the prob­lem. Check to see if there is a pollen fil­ter avail­able for your car - if you have one in­stalled, does the fil­ter need chang­ing?

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.

Tak­ing the right non-drowsy med­i­ca­tion is vi­tal - charg­ing into the chemist with an itchy nose and eyes run­ning to pick up the near­est an­ti­his­tamines can be costly and could cause drowsi­ness. Al­ways read the la­bel or, bet­ter still, ask the phar­ma­cist.

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 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.

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

Richard said: “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. Check your med­i­ca­tion ef­fects at www.gov.uk/drug­driv­ing-law. If in doubt use an­other mode of trans­port.”

Pollen can make driv­ing prob­lem­atic for driv­ers who suf­fer from hay fever

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