Itchy eyes? Can’t stop sneezing? Runny nose? Blocked nose? Any of these sound familiar? When the summer hits the UK, it can spell a very troublesome time for an estimated 12 million Brits who suffer the ill effects associated with Hay Fever.

According to new research carried out at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, the effects of this common allergy can affect driving ability to the same degree as drinking two to three units of alcohol, the legal limit in most European countries.

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A Common Problem

Although some people are affected worse than others, nearly all turn to some form of Can Hayfever Effect Your Driving?medication to help combat the symptoms from their local supermarket or pharmacy.

However, while these seemingly fantastic treatments may do a wonderful job bringing the symptoms under control, did you know that they can also impair your abilities in other areas, including when driving?

Legal Drugs Can Be Unsafe As Well

All drivers have a responsibility to ensure they are fit to drive when getting behind the wheel. Whilst everyone is aware (or should be) of the fact that you should not drink and drive, nowhere near as many people are aware of the fact that they are obliged to ensure their eyesight is up to scratch, and making sure their medication is safe to drive on. If it isn’t, you should not get behind the wheel until you have found an alternative medication.

If you are contemplating starting your driving lessons in Chertsey with us and are finding that your hay fever is bothering you, make sure you familiarise yourself with medication before driving.

If we are teaching you to drive, we want to see you at your very best – if this means only getting out when the pollen is low, we are happy to be as flexible as possible to provide the optimum learning conditions for all of our students.