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New Volvo to combat hay fever
10 August 2012
Motorists who suffer from hay fever or other environmental problems when driving may be interested in a new system from Volvo, which is intended to offer major safety benefits by stopping people from sneezing and becoming distracted when behind the wheel.
All new Volvo cars are fitted with an Air Quality System or Pollen Filter as standard, shutting out any pollution or pollen from the inside of the car and making the environment more comfortable for motorists.
Nick Connor, managing director of Volvo Car UK, noted that hay fever can become a major problem for many drivers when warm weather brings up the pollen count and exacerbates their condition.
"It's worth reminding drivers that a Volvo has been designed from the outset to keep the causes of hay fever at bay whilst in the car," he said.
The reasons for this are twofold, explained Mr Connor, arguing that the health benefits of not inhaling pollen, ozone and hydrocarbons when engaged in a long drive are self-evident.
Furthermore, he suggested that safety can be compromised by people with serious hay fever attempting to operate a vehicle.
"The safety benefits associated with a driver avoiding long bouts of sneezing, whilst driving at speed on a motorway shouldn't be underestimated," concluded the managing director.
NHS Direct recently reported a 20 per cent increase in the number of calls it has received from people suffering with hay fever, while the National Pollen Research Unit has posited that it will continue to be a problem well into August.
Some ten million people in the UK are estimated to suffer from this condition, which is an issue later into the year for those who are based in the north of England and Scotland.
Although no cure for hay fever exists, treatment options include antihistamines and corticosteroids.
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