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Spring fever

As spring arrives a growing number of drivers are developing hay fever for the first time. You may find yourself sneezing uncontrollably and as we tend to close our eyes while sneezing, this creates a driving hazard. On motorways, you can travel up to 50ft with your eyes closed during a single sneeze.

The advice: vacuum your car regularly, clean surfaces with a damp cloth to reduce dust and pollen, and get your air-con checked annually. On bad days, take a nasal spray such as Beconase, or a non-sedative antihistamine such as Benadryl, before getting into the car and keep the windows closed while driving.

As the weather turns brighter, make sure you always have sunglasses with you. It is well worth buying a second pair just for the car to make sure they are always handy if you need them unexpectedly.