Most people sneeze about three to four times a day. Sneezing can be caused by abrupt exposure to light, a full stomach or a viral infection. When you sneeze at home or at school, there are very few consequences. However, people tend to forget about the danger of sneezing while driving—you will never truly know how scary and fatal it can be until you are in this situation. Most people know about the dangers of texting and driving and drinking and driving, but no one really focuses on the danger of sneezing while driving.
According to research by a car insurance company, two million dangerous driving incidents on U.K. roads are caused by sneezing fits. Since your eyes automatically close when you sneeze, it means that on average you will lose control of your vehicle for about six seconds. Although that may not seem like a long time, it only takes one wrong turn of the wheel or one ignorant driver to cause an accident. This is not a matter that should be taken lightly.
Although sneezing is an uncontrollable reaction, there are steps to take in order to lower your chances of sneezing while in a moving vehicle. The first thing you can do is wear sunglasses while driving to limit your exposure to light. This is a simple and easy way to increase your safety on the road. In addition to light, pollen is a main contributor to sneezing.
If possible, it is important to avoid driving early in the morning, because that is when there is the most pollen in the air. Similarly to pollen, the accumulation of dust in the air also causes people to sneeze. It is essential to clean your car frequently and make sure there is a clean air flow in your car's ventilation system.
Although driving around with your pet in the car can be fun, their fur can increase your chances of sneezing. Not only can animals cause people to sneeze, but they can also be a huge distraction and lead to an accident. It is best to avoid taking your pet out for a spin if possible.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely stop people from sneezing while driving. However, it is important to be extremely cautious and leave enough room between your vehicle and the car in front of you.