Cold and flu risk for car insurance holders

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Car insurance policyholders are being warned to ensure they do not take drowsy medicines if they suffer from a cold or flu this winter.

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring is concerned that many motor insurance holders will take to the roads after consuming medication which hinders their ability to drive.

David Williams, MBE, chief executive officer (CEO) of GEM, said: "Too many motorists fail to heed the warnings on certain medication packets and can find themselves becoming drowsy and dangerously tired at the wheel.

"Driving under the influence of drugs (even those prescribed by a doctor) is a serious criminal offence and can be dealt with in the same way as a drink driving conviction."

He added that it is "vital" motorists taking medication check with their doctor whether the drug will adversely affect their ability to drive.

"Regrettably too often the warnings on medicine packaging are vague and difficult to find which causes great confusion and can lead to real dangers on our roads," the CEO said.

Recently, the Institute of Advanced Motorists warned motorists to beware of the danger of the low winter sun when they are driving.

Posted by Rick Malone 

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