Car insurance: Hay fever drugs warning for motorists

Thursday, 25 May 2006

Hay fever sufferers who drive are being warned to double check their medication before getting behind the wheel.

Many over-the-counter hay fever medicines can cause drowsiness and anxiety – increasing the risk of motorists crashing.

The RAC is now calling for a new approach to medicine labelling, meaning motorists are fully aware which drugs they can and cannot take if they are intending to drive.

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: "We believe that a clear, eye-catching system is needed to warn motorists about the risks of mixing certain medicines and driving.

"It is easy to believe that a medicine sold over the counter is a safe medicine, but motorists should always read the small print before taking to the road."

Although motorists do not have to pay increased car insurance costs simply because they suffer from hay fever, they may find themselves with higher car insurance quotes if they are involved in an accident because of problems caused by their medication.

Drivers are urged to shop around to find the cheapest online car insurance in order to save as much money as possible and make sure they are covered should the worst happen and they are involved in an accident.

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