Before my official diagnosis, I was told not to drive by my doctor. Now that I'm on medication treatment for PD, and seeing positive benefits 'm hoping that they will allow me to drive again. Has anyone else experienced driving restrictions? What can I do to convince my doctor that I can drive again?
I think your driving should be evaluated as regards to your risk to yourself and especially others. I know that giving up driving is one of the hardest things to deal with, but if you have delayed reaction time, even mild issues with spatial distances, or have trouble when under pressure or when faced with the need to make an immediate decision/action - you should not drive. The feeling you have over losing driving privileges is nothing compared to the feeling you would have if you were the cause of an accident which injured or killed someone else. A regular road test does not really access all of these situations. You need to be honest with yourself when making your decision. And remember - losing the ability to drive yourself does not make you homebound. There are so many other options out there. Please focus on alternatives and solutions as you make your way, not focus on losses.
Reaction time is also key. Added to older parkees other health problems doesn't help. The tremors can be controlled but driving in the fast lane isn't recommended. Don't forget mental judgement issues. Wife drives most of the time. Hard pill to swallow for a motor head like me. Took a motor cycle accident to put me straight. SEMPER brothers.
I just attended an excellent Parkinson Voice Project information presentation and learn this about driving: Normally a person with PD will experience driving with difficulty. However, when taking a test with the "Officer" in the car they may actually pass the test because they are driving with INTENT, 'super focused' and not relying on their everyday abilities which are not diminished with PD. People with PD have or are in the process of losing their ability to do things normally at normally speed and abilities. That goes for speech, walking, driving, swallowing, writing, etc. To do those things well, that have to do them with INTENT and have to from now on. Check out the Parkinson Voice Project web site for a lot of information about PD including free online lectures by medical professionals. It has been a huge help for us. We wish everyone well and wish it with INTENT, your best weapon against PD.
It is interesting that parky symptoms vary dramatically from person to person. Having gone through the process with the DVLA and my consultant I have got my driving back for 3 years, with the proviso that it is my responsibility to stop driving should I feel unsafe to do so