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Motorists warned over the effects of cold and flu

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Drivers have been warned not to get behind the wheel when suffering from a heavy cold.

With bugs circulating around offices and workplaces, the AA says that many drivers may be putting themselves and other at risk by driving when unfit to do so.

Of the motorists polled by the AA, one-fifth said they have taken to the road when not well enough to do so, mostly due to suffering from cold and flu symptoms.

These can affect concentration and reactions, while a sneezing fit can take a driver's eyes off the road. The AA claims that at 70mph, one single sneeze causes a person to drive blind for 70 yards.

"If a driver has a heavy cold or flu then their reaction times and concentration behind the wheel can be affected," said AA president Edmund King.

"People will still need to drive when they are unwell but they should be aware of the added dangers and adapt their driving accordingly."ADNFCR-2576-ID-801301398-ADNFCR

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