Is your driving impacted by injury or illness?

Is your driving impacted by injury or illness?

Is your driving impacted by injury or illness?
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Injury and illness can have an impact on your driving and being able to understand this on a personal level is going to be greatly beneficial for your own health. There are a range of services that offer driver medicals for those whose injury and/or illness may affect their driving.

Injury or illness can occur at any time and in some cases we do not yet know that we have a condition until symptoms begin to show and the severity increases.

This is why it is so important to attend regular check-ups with your doctor and also not to hesitate to make an appointment when you feel that your body or mind is not acting as normal. Of course, it is also the doctor’s responsibility to refer you for driver medicals if they believe your driving may be affected.

There is such a broad range of injury and illness that can have an impact on driving and this is why it is so important to be aware of anything that may negatively impact your ability to drive. Driver medicals may be necessary in the following cases;

  • Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression
  • Long term mental health issues such as dementia and bipolar disorder
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Brain injuries
  • A history of heart attacks or stroke
  • Physical injury such as amputation, broken limbs or any other physical injury that is going to negatively impact your ability to drive

What is a driver medical?

Driver medicals are highly recommended for people in any of the above circumstances. Driver medicals are not designed to stop people from driving but are there to assist people with a medical condition in their bid to drive.

Certain arrangements are often made including a driving radius that allows the individual to only drive in their local community or in some cases modifications are made to the car.

Driver medicals involve a few different stages being the pre-driving evaluation, the driving evaluation and then the post-evaluation.

The pre-driving evaluation entails a few different tests and a discussion with a qualified professional to determine if you have any issues that will negatively affect your ability to drive and also the extent of any of these issues. This part of the evaluation is done at your home and allows for the accompaniment of a family member or friend.

The driving evaluation is completed should a professional believe that you have an adequate ability to drive following the evaluation of your condition. This is completed in a dual-controlled car to ensure the safety of pedestrians and other drivers and is conducted in your local community. A driving instructor and qualified professional will be present at this stage.

The final stage is the post-evaluation where you will be informed of the decision by the qualified professional and they will run through the details of your condition and the impacts that it has. As was stated before, the aim is to assist you in being able to drive and therefore the professionals will be doing everything they can to ensure you are still able to drive.

In some cases, mostly relating to physical injury, a short no-driving period may be implemented whilst you regain full ability to drive.

In all instances, we encourage individuals, family members and medical professionals to refer patients for driver medicals if they believe that the injury or condition they are currently suffering is likely to have an impact on their ability to drive.

Driver medicals are a great way to evaluate your overall ability to drive with a given condition and not only maintain other people’s safety but also your own.