With spring finally here, it’s a good time for motorists to check their car pollen filters to reduce the effects of spring time allergies.

RAC General Manager Motoring, Mark Weller, said it’s a good time to check pollen filters, following a recent Western Australian study undertaken by Curtin University and the University of WA that found hay fever is on the rise in Australia.

“The research found that the Australian environment may be causing genetic changes and making people more susceptible to allergies such as hay fever,” Mr Weller said.

“Air filters are designed to filter the air you and your passengers are breathing through the heating and air conditioning vents.

“They clean the air coming in to your vehicle, remove allergens and help trap airborne particles like pollen, dust and bacteria before they enter your vehicle.

“These are a vital element if you or your passengers suffer from hay fever, particularly parents who often have their kids in the car.

“A dirty or clogged air filter can cause contaminants to become so concentrated that passengers actually begin to breathe in the particles the filter is aiming to trap.”

Mr Weller advises motorists to check their owner’s manual to see if their particular vehicle is fitted with a cabin air filter and where to locate it.

“Check between the ribs of the filter for dirt or other debris, and give it a clean out,” he said.

“The lifespan of an air filter will also differ from vehicle to vehicle. As a general rule, most air filters need replacing every 15,000 kilometres.

“If yours looks like it needs replacing, get a new one next time you take your vehicle for a service.”

RAC Auto Services can replace your car’s air filter. For a quote or to make a booking call 1300 135 667 or visit rac.com.au/service.