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Every day many of the country’s motorists take some sort of medication; it may be a simple pain killer or a more robust drug like a hay fever remedy. However, it seems that some drivers are not aware of the effects these tablets are having on their driving.
A recent report from the RAC foundation has revealed that many drivers do not read the warning labels on the bottles of pills. Some over the counter drugs can have an adverse effect on concentration and reaction times which could lead to an accident on the road.
The foundation is now calling for clearer, simpler warning labels for some over the counter drugs, particularly hay fever treatments which many motorists need to take in the summer months. It has been shown in other research that some hay fever medicines can have a greater effect on driving than alcohol.
"We believe that a clear, eye-catching system is needed to warn motorists about the risks of mixing certain medicines and driving," said an industry spokesperson.
"It is easy to believe that a medicine sold over the counter is a safe medicine, but motorists should always read the small print before taking to the road. We hope that the House of Commons will back this important bill."