Website aims to educate seniors about how their medications could impair their driving
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A recent traffic study indicated one of every five seniors are currently taking at least five prescription medications. With that in mind, AAA is launching a website to help seniors understand how their medications may affect their ability to drive.
71-year-old Jackie Call types on her laptop in her kitchen, looking up "Roadside RX," a website designed by AAA to provide seniors with information about the side effects of various prescription and over-the-counter medications.
"I would never want to cause an accident," Call said. "I would never want to cause an accident simply because I was unaware some medication I was taking could make me less of a safer driver."
Call is prescribed Ambien to help her sleep along with blood pressure medication. This Meridian senior says when her doctor prescribed the medications, he didn't tell her how the pills may affect her habits behind the wheel.
"I worry about that," Call said. "I'm just not confident anymore. I'm amazed when I just got my license renewed this year on my birthday that I didn't have to take a driving test."
Call believes "Roadside RX" will give her some added confidence on the road.