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Mature Drivers and Medication

05 Feb Blog | Comments

As drivers, we go through different cycles. The first cycle is the learning one. As teenagers we learn how to drive, how to be responsible when we drive and how to watch out for drivers that are not so responsible.

The second cycle is the experienced one. As middle-agers, we hopefully have a good foundation of driving skills and are experienced at driving. We should be getting into fewer accidents, getting less speeding tickets and in general are good drivers.

The third cycle is the adjustment one. As mature drivers we have to be aware of how are reflexes could be slowing down, how to compensate for things like hearing loss, and how to be aware of medications that may affect our driving.

Mature Drivers and Medication

Mature drivers who take medication need to be aware that there could be side effects that could impair their ability to drive. They need to especially watch when introducing a new medication to what they are already taking. Sometimes a medication that did not have a side effect suddenly does with a new medication added to the mix.

Side Effects to Watch Out For

  • Sleepiness – Many medications can make a person drowsy. The only way to find out is to test the effects by taking one. The best way to do that is by taking one on a day that you do not need to drive anywhere. Or the other option is to take the medication at night.
  • Dizziness – Certain medications could make a person dizzy or feel a bit unbalanced. It is important to take the medication and give your body plenty of time to adjust. If when you stand up you feel unbalanced or dizzy, do not get behind the wheel and call your doctor.
  • Vision – Some medications can alter a person’s vision. Be certain you take any new medications before getting behind the wheel so you can see how you react.
  • Reflexes – Depending on the medication it could slow a person’s reflexes. As a mature driver, a person’s reflexes may already be an issue. So, be sure you pay attention to how you feel compared to how your body normally feels.

No one really knows exactly how a medication will affect them until they take it. The other issue is how the new medication may react with the ones you are already taking. The best course of action is always going to be to take the medication long before you need to drive. By giving your body time to react you could be saving yourself from causing an accident.

Also, be aware that some medication side effects can take a few days to show themselves. So, just be conscious of the fact that you are taking a new medication and be aware of how your body feels.  If you feel any changes either don’t drive, stop taking the medication or contact your doctor and ask him/her for a different type of medication.


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