If you have a cough or a cold, and you decide to take some over-the-counter medication for it, you probably won’t think twice about driving. You barely even think of these medications as drugs. You’re just trying to get through another day of feeling sick. You should be fine to drive, right?
Possibly, but it depends on what you took and what symptoms it produces for you. Definitely take the time to read the warning label. When in doubt, do not drive. Some common symptoms that various medications produce, which could impact your abilities behind the wheel, include the following:
- Slowed movements
- Slowed reaction times
- Blurred vision
- Trouble focusing
- An inability to pay attention
- Unexpected fainting
As you can see, a lot of these symptoms are similar to the ones you’d experience if you took illegal drugs or drank alcohol before driving. You know that is dangerous and also illegal, so make sure you bring the same mindset to the more common over-the-counter medications. Do not assume you’ll be safe to drive, or you could find yourself in a very serious accident.
Now that you know the dangers, it’s important to note that other drivers may not. When flu season rolls around or when it seems like everyone has a cough or a cold, ask yourself just how many people are driving after taking medication. Anyone of them could cause a car accident that injures you or one of your family members. If this happens, it is critical that you know what options you may have to seek financial compensation.