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Over the counter medication could affect your driving

Over the counter medication could affect your driving

Did you know that some over the counter medications can affect your driving?  Do you check the label or leaflet given to you with the drugs, as to whether you can drive?

Not many people do according to this survey. 1 in 6 admit ignoring or not checking the label.

Brake and Direct Line's survey also found:

Almost half (44%) of drivers who use hayfever medication admit sometimes or never checking the instructions to see if it will affect their driving ability.

Three in 10 (30%) drivers are unaware some hayfever and allergy medications can impair your ability to drive. Lack of awareness is higher among men (39%) than women (23%). Awareness is even lower for many other medications, including decongestants (47%) and cough medicines (60%)

ADVICE FOR DRIVERS FROM BRAKE
• When taking any medication you should always check the label to see if it will affect your ability to drive. If you are unsure, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Never drive if a label or health professional says that you may be affected. Even if you have not been given this advice, don’t drive if you feel the product is affecting you.

• If your medication affects your driving, stop driving, not your medication – make arrangements for alternative transport, or seek alternative, safe medication if you have to drive. 

To read the full article click here: 
http://brake.org.uk/news/1237-dlmedication-jun14

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