Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Is It Safe to Drive While Taking Stimulants?

Is It Safe to Drive While Taking Stimulants?


Legal stimulants range from drugs like, Ritalin and Dexamphetamine, to more commonly used substances like caffeine and nicotine. So, what are the effects? Are they safe to use when driving? It really depends on a number of factors – the substance, the dosage, the person, and the way that the person reacts to the dosage.

People who have become accustomed to using stimulants may have an exaggerated perception of their ability to drive safely. Their responses and reactions could be very different from what they perceive them to be – they may have no idea that their driving skills have been adversely affected.

As a general rule of thumb, if you have been using stimulants, you should ensure that you have slept for several hours since your last use. Also, keep in mind that when you are “coming down,” you may experience changes in mood and exhaustion. Simply stated, if you have been using stimulants, the best course of action is to avoid driving. It may be safe for you to drive while using stimulants, but it is very important to follow your doctor’s orders and take the medication only as prescribed.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


More related articles

Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...

Related questions

Q: Q: How do I use the turn signals?

The turn signals are important safety features that alert surrounding drivers when you intend to make a turn. When you turn on one of the signals, front and rear lights on that side of your vehicle will flash. The turn...

Q: How do I know when a child no longer needs a child restraint?

There is a simple test that you can do to determine whether a child is big enough to graduate from a child restraint system or a booster seat. The test has three parts: 1. Can the child sit all the...

Q: How do I accelerate when using the electronic speed control?

If you are trying to pass someone while using the electronic speed control, you will likely need to accelerate, and thus deviate from your set electronic speed control. To accelerate, simply accelerate as you would normally. by pressing the gas...