Two-thirds of senior drivers age 65 and older take five or more daily medications that can affect their ability to drive safely.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications come with warnings about possible side effects, such as drowsiness or risks related to driving, yet many people ignore them, because they’ve never had a problem. In addition, side effects for an individual drug can change when combined with other medications, especially new prescriptions.
Medications known to impact driving include:
- Narcotic pain pills
- Sleep medicines
- Some antidepressants
- Cough medicines
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.