ATLANTA --- The flu season is winding down, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, in some parts of the country, including California, there are still widespread cases. Whenever you notice that a flu bug is spreading throughout your company, you might want to consider reminding your drivers about the dangers that medications can pose on the road. 

All flu and allergy medications -- prescription or over-the-counter -- are potentially dangerous because they can make a driver drowsy and impact his or her driving ability. Remind drivers that if they must take medication before driving, they need to find out the effects of the medication from their physician or pharmacist. It is their responsi­bility to know the effects of the medications they take. 

Before getting behind the wheel, drivers should never:

  • Mix medications, unless directed by a physician.
  • Take medications prescribed for someone else.
  • Mix alcohol with medi­cations. This applies to both prescribed and over-the-counter medications.