The Effects of Legal Drugs on Driving



Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain's top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is giving advice on the risks of the effects of legal drugs.

  • When you begin a new medication, ask the doctor or pharmacist about the side effects.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you drive for work.
  • Read the leaflet and labels with the medication for advice concerning side effects.
  • Many medications may affect your driving even though you feel fine.
  • If your medicine makes you dizzy or drowsy and you need to drive, talk to your doctor about taking medication which doesn't have these side effects.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "Everyone knows that driving and taking illegal drugs is reckless and dangerous. But prescription and over-the-counter medication can also affect your ability to drive."

To help drivers stay safe this winter, the IAM has launched a new website,, with traffic updates, weather forecasts and tips on how to drive safely in winter.

Tips cover rain, snow, ice, fog and wind - everything you can expect in a typically unpredictable British winter. Check it out before you travel.

15 December 2011 Staff

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