Nurses must do more to warn patients on prescription drugs about the consequences of driving while medicated after a poll revealed more than one in 10 motorists said they did not know it was illegal.
The research has shown that one in 10 people admit their ability to drive is impaired after taking medication and 3% of motorists say they have been involved in an accident or a near miss while driving under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
A third of those questioned say they regularly take medicines and drive.
The poll of drivers carried out by road safety expert GEM Motoring Assist, has led them to develop a new leaflet to raise awareness of the issues associated with driving whilst affected by prescription medicines.
The leaflet, which is supported by Resident GP of ITV’s This Morning Dr Chris Steele MBE, answers questions and offers guidance on being aware of how medication can affect our driving and that it is actually illegal to drive when taking certain medicines.
Dr Chris said: “In some circumstances driving while impaired by medication can be as dangerous as ‘drink driving’. I strongly support the advice given in this leaflet that drivers taking medicine should always check with their doctor or pharmacist before they drive.”