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.
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
My husband was told by the OT that if a doctor writes on his records that he shouldn’t drive and he does anyway then gets in an accident we could lose everything by a lawsuit.
After several car accidents, no one was injured but I was shaken up^, I made the decision to turn my drivers license in. I take a large number of medications for Parkinson's
Disease and I would not want to be the cause of injury to anyone. I really miss driving and do not like asking to be driven to the stores.
Well my husband is still driving for a living they sent him to occupational health he also as to be assessed by the DVLA every two years but they've given him the ok as well so don't be so hard on yourself go back and have a word with the doctor. Think you will know when it's time to hang you're keys up xx