'Stay calm' warning to drivers this summer or they could face a big fine

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With summer now in full swing - and a rise in temperatures hopefully on the way - many of us will be planning on driving to visit loved ones, going on staycations or simply getting behind the wheel and going to the beach.

This time of the year sees more and more people out on the roads, making it even more important to stay safe and avoid any potential accidents.

And as the number of drivers climb during warm weather, unfortunately so does the number of wasp colonies - meaning you could find yourself faced with an unpleasant visitor in the car.

During this time, wasps pose an additional hazard to drivers, who may become distracted by the flying insects entering their car whilst they are driving - especially when travelling on high-speed roads and motorways.

If you fear bugs, flies, and other insects, the sudden appearance of one inside your car might be startling and could cause erratic driving behaviour.

But driving whilst distracted by a wasp or any other insect could lead to up to nine penalty points and a £2,500 fine for careless driving in extreme circumstances, according to experts from Motor Match. In some cases, if it results in someone getting hurt, the punishments could be even more severe.

The experts said: "Even to people who don’t mind wasps, the sudden appearance of one could be quite alarming. When in the enclosed space of a car, it's understandable that they could prove to be a distraction to the driver.

“Nevertheless, it's crucial that we stay as calm as possible and don’t let wasps or other insects distract us from driving safely."

Motor Match advises maintaining a clean and tidy car, free from food and drink containers as these are what usually attract wasps into a car.

They added: "If you encounter a wasp flying around your vehicle whilst driving, remember to remain calm. The calmer you are, the less likely the wasp is to sting you. Be sure to wind down your windows to give the wasp an opportunity to escape. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.”

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