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