Troubling hay fever symptoms such as - sneezing, crying, headaches - are about to get even more troubling if you're driving.
For many of us, taking antihistamine often seems like the only way to get some relief from the constant sneezing and irritation during the summer season.
However, possible side affects include drowsiness, nausea and even blurred vision. And although the drugs are perfectly legal to take, the automotive services company points out that it remains illegal to drive if you’re unfit to do so.
Notably, it's always worth checking the packaging for any information on whether the antihistamine is suitable for consumption while driving.
RAC claims that the side-effects can 'make you more likely to have an accident'.
The service company said: "If you do cause a crash, you could end up with a criminal record. The police can ask you to do a ‘field impairment assessment’ and take a roadside drugalyser test.
"If they think you’re not fit to drive, you’ll be arrested and could be prosecuted.
"A conviction for drug-driving carries a minimum one-year driving ban and an unlimited fine. In extreme cases, you could receive a six-month jail sentence."
As a precaution, they added: "Always check the label of any medication you take before getting behind the wheel.
"If in doubt, ask your pharmacist if it could affect your ability to drive. Some remedies are covered by the same drug-driving laws as cocaine and cannabis.
"If your symptoms are mild, stick to nasal sprays and eye drops that won’t cause drowsiness.
"Keep windows closed, even when parked – if left open they can trap pollen in the car."
If you're heading outside at any point over the coming days, make sure to note the pollen and UV levels in your area and take precautions 🌺🕶️ pic.twitter.com/b5JpaHYgiM— Met Office (@metoffice) June 15, 2022
Craig Forbes, motoring expert at Peter Vardy, says: "Drivers must take responsibility for assessing their own fitness to drive when experiencing symptoms."
"There are ways to minimise symptoms of hay fever during spring, but if your eyes are extremely watery and you feel unwell, your driving could be impaired and you may wish to consider alternative travel in order to avoid a fine."
According to the Highway Code, ‘failure to have proper control of the vehicle and a full view of the road,’ can be punishable by an £1,000 fine.
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