MOTORISTS could face a drug-driving conviction for driving after taking certain hay fever tablets.

The Road Traffic Act does not differentiate between illegal drugs, prescription drugs or over the counter medication.

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A drug-driving conviction could cost up to £5,000 and could see points added to your licence. Any conviction will normally increase your car insurance premiums too.

People are being reminded to check any warnings and advice on allergy medication when planning a trip.

Some allergy medications can cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion.

Uswitch's car insurance expert, Joel Kempson, has some tips on how to 'hay fever proof' your car this summer:

  • Check pollen filters
  • Keep windows up
  • Keep your car clean inside, and out
  • Invest in rubber mats
  • Take non-drowsy medication when driving

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