Doctor’s Orders: AAA Tool Offers Safe Driving ‘Prescription’
Phoenix, Sept. 12, 2012. AAA has a free prescription for drivers who want to know how various medications affect their driving ability – Roadwise RX. Developed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, this free, online tool details common side effects and interactions of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Available for free to senior drivers and their families at SeniorDriving.AAA.com, Roadwise Rx generates personalized, confidential feedback on how medications, herbal supplements and foods, and their interactions with each other, can impact safety behind the wheel.
“Because medical conditions typically rise as people age, AAA recognized the need to develop a tool to help senior drivers – and all motorists – understand how medications may affect their ability to drive safely,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs.
Due to chronic medical conditions, older adults often must take multiple medications. AAA recently surveyed senior drivers about medication use and uncovered the following:
- More than 80 percent of drivers age 65 and older regularly take medications, yet only half have talked to a medical professional about safety issues related to driving.
- Women (58 percent) are more likely than men (46 percent) to seek counsel on the risks of driving while on medication.
- Certain antidepressants have been shown to increase crash risk by up to 41 percent.
- Ingredients such as diphenhydramine, commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, can have the same effect on driving as being above the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.
“Roadwise Rx enables motorists to virtually pool together their pill bottles. After using this tool, AAA urges drivers to discuss their confidential results with their health care provider,” said Gorman.
As a leading road safety advocate for the last 110 years, AAA provides a variety of resources for mature drivers and their families as they tackle the challenge of balancing safety and mobility. For more information, visit www.az.aaa.com/seniors.
AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.