Take These Tips To Avoid Hay Fever Driver Hell

Mon 27th May 2019

The warmer weather is making hay fever sufferers reach for the tissues, and could be making the daily commute a hazardous experience - but it need not be hell if you maintain a healthy car.

Experts at Halfords have issued a list of tips to help those with the hay fever condition to have a relatively sneeze-free drive. The advice could save your life, as both the symptoms and medication to avert hay fever could make for a dangerous driver.

Rebecca Ashton, head of driver behaviour at IAM RoadSmart, said: “A sneeze or sniffle has a way of creeping up on you, especially when you least expect it.

“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?

“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.”

Whilst keeping your car clean is solid advice, the key to surviving a summer of pollen lies in maintaining a good air conditioning system according to the Halfords expert.
“A properly maintained air conditioning system is a vital first line of defence for hay fever sufferers and can help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever,” said Aaron Edwards, Halfords spokesman.

“Air con units can often be ignored from one summer to the next, but will be at their most efficient if properly maintained and the pollen filter is changed regularly.

“Pollen filters work to remove pollen particles from the outside air before they’re passed into the car’s cabin.”

How to avoid hay fever symptoms while driving

Experts at Halfords Autocentres put together these top tips to help you dodge the symptoms of hay fever while driving:

  1. Regularly service your air conditioning system and replace pollen filters every 12 months.

  2. Keep your windows closed while driving and set air conditioning to recycle the air to stop particles coming into the car.

  3. Vacuum your car regularly to remove any dust and particles from the carpet and mats that may cause you to sneeze.

  4. Wear sunglasses to stop pollen reaching your eyes.

  5. Avoid parking your car underneath a tree which could drop pollen particles.

  6. Check with your GP which hay fever medication is safe to use while driving.

  7. Slow down or safely pull over if you think you’re going to sneeze.