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Anyone Taken A Driving Test?

Anyone Taken A Driving Test?

I haven't driven since my diagnosis. Taking an Independent Driving Test soon. Anything I should know?

posted July 29, 2019
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

Take 120 mg of ginkgo an hour before the test, for best cognitive function. Take your regular medication a little closer together just before the test. Practice driving - backing off the accelerator if you feel tremors, then reapplying gently
, - staying in your lane
- glance occasionally at the top of the steering wheel - if it is jiggling left & right, then change the position of your hands on the wheel so the tremors go forward & back instead of side to side
- ask your doctor about maybe using a beta blocker before the test so your adrenaline doesn't kick in
- keep your muscles as relaxed as possible - stretch one arm at a time gently
During the test - pretend you don't care (keeps the adrenaline down), Breathe! - slowly & deeply. Laugh & smile to release tension.
If you don't pass - practice more, then try again!

I'm still driving quite skillfully, but I live in a lower traffic area. I did great the last time I went through Spokane...
The pic is me fording a stream in the nearby mountains

posted July 29, 2019 (edited)
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

If you sell your car, the money you get (and save on insurance, plates, and repairs) will pay for a lot of Uber or Lyft cars. Do it.

posted August 3, 2019
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I love the PD class list about driving. This is the way I handle each item: 1) eliminate night driving - I do OK with night driving, but do better with a vehicle that does not have overtinted windows. Night driving glasses help a lot (I just put them on right over my prescription glasses - who's looking at how silly that might look). 2) drive during ON times - create an ON time by exercising or taking meds Slightly closer together before driving. 120 mg of Ginkgo an hour before helps tremendously, 3) do not drive when fatigued - I am Always fatigued - I fight it with coffee, trail mix (eaten one piece at a time, constantly moving, thus staying awake - unfortunately this takes one hand off the wheel and music (see 8) below), 4) do not drive when stressed - unstress with exercise, deep breathing, thinking pleasant thoughts about situations or places you enjoy. Don't get lost in any thoughts or it is too easy to doze off, 5) short durations - for me in the Rocky Mountain west, a short duration is 2 1/2 hours, 6) familiar routes - it Really helps to drive familiar routes. If you have to drive an unfamiliar one, pull over or pull into a parking lot, stop, and get Google Maps on your smartphone to help if the route is unfamiliar, 7) low traffic areas and times - this also helps a lot, 8) limit distraction i.e. music or radio - constant music or radio will make me doze off. But if I get really drowsy, I put on a CD of my favorite music and sing along enthusiastically. Stay Safe!

posted July 30, 2019
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I realized about a year ago that other than just very local runs within no more than 2 miles from my home staying within my community, I rely on others to drive. Even when I do take a short jaunt to my local grocery store, I make sure its when I am at my best meaning not fatigued, tremors are under control and just, overall, feeling my best. I had an incident about a year ago that I was about 20 miles from home and was going through a round about and couldn't figure out how t get out of it and ended up in a panic mode. I eventually, by watching other cars, figured it out and then proceeded to go straight home. As much as I hate losing my independence I won't take the chance of hurting others or finding myself in a dangerous situation. I can be very stubborn at times (don't let my hubby know I admitted that lol) but I needed to accept that with the progression of PD, there is some things that I have to accept are now beyond my capabilities. It was a hard pill to swallow but I would rather be safe than sorry.

posted July 30, 2019
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

So many good suggestions here...i also continue to drive but avoid night driving, high traffic areas and unfamiliar routes. I hope to continue using these self-set restrictions so when asked about how I’m doing by neuro, i can be honest.

posted July 31, 2019

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