Kwik Fit warns those on hay fever medication not to drive

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One in five hay fever sufferers who drive after taking medication are involved in an incident with another car due to drowsiness, according to research commissioned by Kwik Fit Insurance Services.
The data has been released to make people aware of the dangers of driving after taking certain medicines that are available over the counter.

Recent drug-driving laws mean that those who drive under the influence of prescription drugs can now be prosecuted. It is common for those on hay fever medication to feel drowsy and 73 per cent of motorists using such drugs have admitted to feeling sleepy behind the wheel.

Hay fever is known to cause itchy and watery eyes as well as a blocked nose so driving without taking medication can also be quite a distraction, leaving sufferers in a bit of a predicament.

Although the drowsiness can be a side effect from the drugs, pharmacist Boots says that on average, hay fever sufferers lose 72 minutes of sleep a night because of symptoms, another reason explaining why they may be feeling tired, reports Kwik Fit Insurance Services.

Jason Banwell, Kwik Fit Insurance Services managing director said: "These findings are worrying as we enter the summer months and it seems that some drivers still do not recognise the dangers of driving whilst feeling the side effects of common, over-the-counter medication.

"A hot summer can mean a high pollen count and potentially people taking more than the prescribed dose to combat hay fever, which brings with it a multitude of dangers including driving impairment."

Author: Harry Boucher
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