Sneezing drivers hit with £2,500 fines after ignoring simple solution

Hay fever can impair driving
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A £2,500 warning has been sent to drivers who sneeze behind the wheel this summer, with the prospect of receiving points too. A miserably wet and cold May has delayed the impacts of hay fever, a common cause of sneezing.

But many motorists could seem be feeling the affects of the allergy, with talks of heatwaves and sunshine around the corner. However whether your sneezing is caused by pollen or just a bug, it could land you in trouble with the law if it's deemed to have affected your driving, reports

Car dealers at Harwoods studied the effects of sneezing. And Amy Josling, who is a driving expert at the company, estimates that drivers could be hit with fines of between £100 and £2,500 due to the innocuous reaction.

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Travel time and sneezing duration was analysed by Harwoods, which found surprising results. At motorway speed - 70mph - your car moves four car lengths while your eyes are closed during a sneeze, which is plenty enough to cause some serious problems. With a sneezing fit, ie multiple in a row, this rises to seven car lengths.

Amy said: “Any driver who is found guilty of careless driving, also known as driving without due care and attention could face on the spot £100 fines and three penalty points. You can also face fines up to £2,500 and even disqualification from driving in more serious incidents.

“Careless driving covers a number of offences, from showing poor lane discipline on the motorway to swerving while changing the radio station. Sneezing while driving could fall under this category as drivers will have their eyes closed for a period of time and others might even take their hands off the steering wheel to cover their mouths or blow their nose which can result in an accident.”

The best way to counter the issue on the spot is by pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth, which could help you stop sneezing. Doing this for 5-10 seconds until the urge to sneeze goes away works for some people.

Ignoring that solution, or other remedies like using hay fever medication, and then getting into trouble as a result, really could land you a fine.