Motoring while taking medicines not always safe mix, warns GEM Motoring Assist

The potential dangers of driving while taking medication are being highlighted by GEM Motoring Assis

The potential dangers of driving while taking medication are being highlighted by GEM Motoring Assist. Picture: GEM Motoring Assist - Credit: GEM Motoring Assist

Motorists are being warned about the dangerous effects medication can have on driving.

As part of its long-term initiative to raise awareness, road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has produced a free leaflet – Don't Motor on Meds – which offers advice on driving while taking prescription drugs.

Some cold and flu treatments, pain-killers and other drugs can cause drowsiness, reducing a driver's ability to concentrate on the driving task. Not only that, but driving under the influence of drugs, even some prescribed by a doctor, is a criminal offence.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: 'You may not be aware that your driving can be compromised by medicinal drugs. Therefore you could be breaking the law without realising.

'So it's very important to read labels and seek advice from healthcare professionals before driving. If you face a risk that your driving may be impaired, then either don't drive or ask for a medicine that won't cause drowsy side-effects.'

GEM's leaflet has more details on the potentially dangerous effects some medicines bring.

You can download the leaflet from www.motoringassist.com/pagefiles/421/gem-meds-leaflet.pdf

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