If not managed properly, medical conditions can increase your crash risk. Some of the most common conditions known to affect safe driving are impaired vision, physical limitations, dementia, diabetes, seizures and sleep disorders. Even if you have one or more of these conditions, if you work closely with your doctor, you often can safely get behind the wheel.
Increased use of prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat temporary or chronic medical conditions also is common as you age. Some medications or combinations of medications can impact your ability to drive safely. Because of this, some states have made it illegal to drive while impaired by medications and other drugs.
Knowing the facts, understanding the risks and seeking help to properly manage your health will keep you safely behind the wheel and out of legal trouble.
Developed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Roadwise Rx is a free online tool designed to allow you to record your prescription and over-the-counter medications in one central location, and to receive personalized feedback about how drug side effects and interactions between medications may impact your safety behind the wheel.