Older Drivers

Frequently Asked Questions

13. If I’m on medication, can I still drive?

Certain prescription and over-the-counter medicines can affect your ability to drive safely by making you feel tired, dizzy, or nauseated. If you take medication, it's important to do the following.

  • Read the medicine label carefully, and pay attention to any warnings. If the label says, “Do not use while operating heavy machinery,” do not drive while taking this medicine.
  • Ask a doctor or pharmacist to explain how your medications could affect your driving. It might be possible to adjust the dose or timing to minimize side effects.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about a particular medicine.
  • Do not drive if you feel lightheaded or drowsy.
  • Never drive after drinking alcoholic drinks or mixing these drinks and medications.

For more information about older adults and medication safety, see Taking Medicines Safely.