Medication and driving

You may not realise it but everyday medication such as cold and flu medicines and other over-the-counter medication, when twinned with driving, can have fatal consequences.

Driving under the influence of drugs, both illegal substances and prescribed medication is illegal.

Prescribed medication and over-the-counter drugs can seriously affect your driving without you even realising.  Specifically, they can:

  • Make you feel drowsy
  • Blur your vision
  • Slow your reaction times.

If you are on prescribed medication ask your doctor if it could affect your driving.  If you purchase over-the-counter medication then ask the pharmacist whether you can drive whilst taking the medication, or check the box.