Safety: It’s not just illegal drugs that affect driving

Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger.

Monday, 26th December 2011, 6:17 am

This week, he is giving advice on the risks of the effects of legal drugs.

l When you begin a new medication, ask the doctor or pharmacist about the side effects.

l Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you drive for work.

l Read the leaflet and labels with the medication for advice concerning side effects.

l Many medications may affect your driving even though you feel fine.

l 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.

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.