When driving under the influence whether it is drugs or alcohol, you are posing a great danger not just to yourself, but to everyone else on the road. According to studies, it showed that around 41 percent of motorcyclists and drivers who died driving were tested to be positive for the past 5 years. This is the same reason why motorsport events are so strict when it comes to the wellbeing of their participants, especially the drivers themselves.
How Drugs is Impairing Your Performance?
Even if taken in low dosage, drugs are capable of reducing your performance and skills. For example, despite the fact that cannabis is known to help improve performance and concentration, it is not recommended to use it in race. It could cause the driver to drive slowly, find it difficult to quick turns or just have a hard time staying awake.
Stimulants similar to cocaine and amphetamines on the other hand could result to erratic driving or speeding and even increased risks when driving. This is why regulations put more emphasis on performing drug tests to prevent such instances.
Say for example that you are taking prescription meds, regardless if it’s been prescribed or not, it is imperative to be mindful of the possible risks it may bring when driving.
If you’re feeling aggressive, nauseous, dizzy, light-headed, shaky or drowsy, then your team might prevent you from getting behind the wheel and drive on the tracks.
This is because you are posing real danger not only to yourself, but to other competitors in the track as well. Also, if it is inevitable to take prescription medicines or even OTCs, always do the following:
- Carefully read the labels and follow the warnings and directions
- Ask a pharmacist or a doctor if it would impact your driving and;
- Arrange for an alternative transport if need be
One at a Time
There are some people who are combining different drugs, thinking that it is going to enhance its effect. In reality, though, mixing various drug types is risky as you’ll never know what a particular drug’s impact is going to be. Better yet, stay with how the doctor instructed you to take one.