The Skoda Superb is an excellent family car that’s well suited to urban, suburban and country driving. The Skoda Superb sale price offers a fantastic value proposition, and the car is packed with technology and safety features. However, even the best cars are only as good as their driver and what happens if they are not at their best? We are all well aware of the legal ramifications of driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. But, many drivers are not as aware of the legal situation surrounding legally prescribed drugs and medicines.
Is Driving on Prescribed Drugs Illegal?
There is no real definitive yes or no answer to this question because there are a number of factors that would need to be taken into account. There are many types of medication available, and some of them are incredibly benign. When most of us think about driving on drugs, we will immediately consider the effects of illicit substances. However, the Australian federal government has a different opinion; Health Direct is a government initiative that has clearly stated that it is illegal to drive while under the influence of any drug that could impair the driver’s ability to drive. This includes illegal drugs and legally prescribed medicines.
States and Territories
As with many aspects of modern Australian life, this law is applied slightly differently depending on where you live in the country.
As an example: the website Access Canberra clearly states that it’s illegal to drive in the ACT if your driving ability has been affected by injury, illness and/or medical treatment.
Everywhere in Australia, it’s illegal to hold your driving licence if you don’t report any long term or permanent illness, injury or medical condition that would impair your ability to drive safely.
Taking Personal Responsibility
As a competent driver, it’s your personal responsibility to be fully informed about any legally prescribed medication that you may be taking. It’s essential to read the labels on any drugs carefully and if you’re not sure always ask for professional medical advice. If you cannot get a definitive answer, it’s a good idea to avoid driving for the duration of the treatment.
Most drugs and medicines are prescribed to meet a specific short term need, and as such, they will have a course to follow. If your prescribed drugs are deemed to be fine for driving, but you feel unsafe on the road, it’s important to stop driving immediately. Some people have reactions to drugs, and they can be affected in a variety of ways. Be aware that many medications can affect driving, such as allergen medicines, certain diet pills, cold and flu treatments, painkillers and of course sleeping pills. This article should not be taken as medical advice. If you need more information, please consult your medical professional for expert advice.
If they are looking for a new or used Skoda Superb, Perth based drivers should get in touch with us at Skoda Perth, and we will be happy to arrange a no obligation test drive for them.