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Medical Conditions & Medications

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 medical conditions, if you work closely with your doctor, you often can continue safe driving.

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 ability to drive safely.

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Common Medical Conditions

Arthritis, diabetes, sleep apnea, certain vision problems and dementia are some of the most common medical conditions known to impact safe driving. If you have any of these medical conditions, find out how your safety could be at risk and what you can do about it. Learn More »


How Medications Can Affect Driving

Prescription and over-the-counter medications can slow reflexes, blur vision and cause drowsiness. Understand how medications affect you and your ability to drive safely. Learn More »


State Laws on Medication Use & Driving

Taking medications to treat an illness or medical condition may affect your ability to drive safely, which could lead to jail time or loss of driving privileges. Impaired-driving laws are not always limited to alcohol - and for good reason. Learn More »