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Driving and Parkinson's

Posted on May 21, 2018

To drive or or not to drive? Members of MyParkinsonsTeam wrestle with that question regularly. As tremors, fatigue and other symptoms make it hard to safely handle a car, family and friends often urge members to stop driving. “My wife and kids pleaded with me to give up my keys last fall, for fear of me CAUSING an accident as much as getting in one,” explained one member. “I avoid the highway, and don't drive at night,’ wrote another. Losing the independence of driving is many members’ greatest fear. “I’m reluctant to give up driving because I want to hang on to the last bit of independence I have!” a member shared. Other MyParkinsonsTeam members have found ways to adapt: “I leased a motability scooter which I use as a mode of transport.” Connecting with others impacted by Parkinson's can be helpful when grappling with decisions about driving.

On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with Parkinson's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Driving is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about driving:

Has anyone else experienced driving restrictions?

Does sleepiness mean you shouldn't drive?

I would like to know how many people are still comfortable with driving. Those of you that no longer drive, what was the deciding factor?

Here are some conversations about driving:

I can control tremor in my right hand but driving sets it off. Although shifting position on the steering wheel stops the tremor.

I was diagnosed in 2011. I am still driving but try to minimize it because of my nerves.

I'm starting to notice side effects from treatment. I can get anxiety attacks when driving.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyParkinsonsTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I had to quit because I was having a lot of problems paying attention to the traffic, also felt afraid of making a mistake and crashing, very afraid to hurt someone. Losing that independence has been… read more

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