How to survive hay fever while driving!
The sun is out and shining, spring is back and unfortunately so is your hay fever. During your commute, the air con may be a must to staying cool with the increasing temperatures, however a poor performing air conditioning system can draw pollen, dust and other airborne particles from the outside and into your car – causing your eyes to itch and to repeatedly sneeze.
Here are some tips on making your drive more comfortable when pollen is at its peak:
Keep Your Car Clean
A quick hoover and dusting can make a big difference. Ensure you clean the upholstery, windows and dashboard as these can all have lingering pollen.
Maintain Your Car’s Pollen Filter
Most modern cars will have a pollen filter fitted in to the air con and ventilation system. This filter would stop dust and pollen particles from coming in through the vents. However, if this filter becomes blocked, pollen and dust could still find their way in when using the air conditioning. The filter has a short life span and therefore need to be changed regularly. It helps to know that this can easily be done by yourself, and replacement filters can be bought from Halfords, or any other motoring-based retailers.
Close Car Windows
The most effective way to keep pollen out of your car is simply by keeping the window shut as pollen can otherwise fly straight into your eyes and cause a worse reaction to the pollen. If it’s too warm, rely instead on-air con with a fresh pollen filter to keep you cool.
If your sunglasses are suitable for driving and the weather conditions are appropriate, wearing sunglasses can prevent pollen from getting directly into your eyes while driving. Please note it does not stop it completely, but it does stop a good amount of it from entering your eyes. You can also purchase specialist frames designed for hay fever.
Hay fever Medication
It makes most sense to just take some hay fever medication every day, however, there are also risks with taking this route as some antihistamines can cause to become drowsy and can actually cause a negative drug test, so always check your medication before taking it and driving to stop any side effects.
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