By Eliana Schauffer
If you’ve been suffering from allergies, maybe it’s time to step away from the wheel.
According to a Netherlands study, the effects of severe allergies equate to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .03, nearly 50% of the legal limit. After all, it’s hard to focus on the road when your hands are focused on grabbing another tissue.
Allergic reactions can include short term eye blurriness and itchy nose and throat. Any symptoms that require extra attention should be avoided when behind the wheel.
What are some ways to prevent this issue?
- Avoid driving when you know the pollen count will be high (for more information, check the allergy forecast)
- Make sure to have a non-drowsy antihistamine on hand when you start feeling symptoms flare up
- Ask your spouse, co-worker, or friend to drive.
For more information, see the KVUE-TV story.