Older drivers are generally some of the safest but their medications can make driving risky

When we hear the term “drugged driving” the image that comes to mind probably isn’t that of an older driver.


You may not think about the fact that prescription or over-the-counter medications can also impair driving. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety looked at the impact of medications on senior drivers. It revealed that 78 percent of people 55 or older take medications that could impair driving, but only 28 percent had any awareness that the drugs that help them could impair their driving. As we recognize Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 5-9), AAA would like to remind mature drivers to be very cautious when considering whether to drive after taking medication, even over-the-counter medication.



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