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 was diagnosed in 2013 and the neurologist told me you have Parkinsons and do you drive I said yes and she said not anymore just like that. I was besides myself as I live alone. I decided I would NEVER go back to that doctor and never did. I started with a Parkinsons doctor and she tested me.....started me on medication and said when I seen her in 3 months she would get my license back. She was true to her word. One day I may have to stop driving but not yet. Good luck
Currently we have an agreement. He let's me drive voluntarily and I won't push the issue. That way he saves face. He knows my concerns regarding hesitation moving he feet, quick decision making. and now seeing people who are not there. If he should suddenly see someone and brake it would cause an accident. So far I have been doing all the driving. Something that works for us. Good luck with your journey.
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 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.