Motorists suffering from the flu have been urged to check their cold remedies before taking to the road, as many contain alcohol and may have serious side effects.
A study by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has found that nearly two in three people (64%) have driven after taking flu medication, and around one in eight (13%) said they experienced side effects while driving.
One in three drivers (33%) also admitted to not reading the instructions before taking the medication, which can contain up to 18% of alcohol.
The RPS said drivers taking these drugs are often unaware that they are at a higher risk of experiencing reduced reaction times, blurred vision, and lethargy. This can raise the likelihood of them causing an accident and having to make a claim on theircar insurance .
Police across the UK prosecuted 2,676 drivers who were driving under the influence of cold remedies in the three years between 2011 and 2013.
Copyright Press Association 2014