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Accident risks in a sneeze

FLEET drivers suffering from hayfever are only a sneeze away from an accident, AA Business Services is warning.

It has issued a series of tips as part of a 'safe-sneeze guide' to ensure accidents are kept to a minimum.

AA Business Services director David Wallace said: 'Drivers doing 70mph lose their vision for as much as 100 metres with every sneeze. So someone having a sneezing 'fit' of eight sneezes in a row could be travelling 'blind' for up to half a mile.'

However, he said modern technology was improving conditions for drivers: 'Non-drowsy medicines are now available, and more cars have pollen filters and air conditioning, allowing motorists to stay cool by driving with the windows up.'

AA hayfever tips

  • Only take medication which does not cause drowsiness
  • Keep a box of tissues near the dashboard for easy access
  • Slow down if you are about to sneeze and drop back further from the car in front
  • Check whether your car has a pollen filter fitted. Most new models have it fitted as standard. Make sure it is renewed at least once a year
  • If your car has air conditioning, use it instead of opening windows and air vents – it will reduce pollen grains in the car
  • Block out bright sunlight by wearing sunglasses
  • Vacuum car mats and carpets regularly during summer
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