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Driving and medical conditions

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LOCAL SUPPORT - SELF REFERRAL

From Driving Mobility
Many patients find a driving assessment supportive, to reassure themselves (and also family members) and also to get advice about vehicle modifications if relevant.
Driving assessments Driving assessments – Driving Mobility
A driving assessment is different from a driving test. It is designed to review your driving and you will be given an honest opinion of your skills and ability.”
“People that choose to take a driving assessment do so for a variety of reasons:

  • You may want to investigate vehicle modification options because of a physical disability such as a limb amputation or, for example, because you have become less able following a stroke.
  • You may be seeking confirmation that you are still able to drive safely following a recent diagnosis of a medical condition, or a condition such as dementia
  • You may want reassurance as you get older and your reactions have slowed a little
    The Mobility Centre in Buckinghamshire is in Aylesbury but you may find a closer centre outside the county.
    Find a centre Find a centre – Driving Mobility

NATIONAL SUPPORT - SELF REFERRAL

From the DVLA
Check online if you need to tell the DVLA about your condition and how to tell the DVLA
Telling the DVLA about a medical condition or disability Medical conditions, disabilities and driving – GOV.UK

Contact the DVLA directly if you are not sure what to do
Contact DVLA if you’re not sure what to do. Driving and medical issues – Contact DVLA – GOV.UK

 

FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

medical conditions: can you drive and who should you inform

From the DVLA

From Patient info

From the Alzheimer’s society
This is a very helpful series of supportive articles for patients with dementia, with a focus on keeping patient’s independent but safe as far as is possible.
“A diagnosis of dementia is not in itself a reason to stop driving. One in three people with dementia still drives. However, over time, dementia affects the skills needed for safe driving.”
Driving and dementia Driving and dementia | Alzheimer’s Society

From Driving Mobility
Helpful information on driving with a disability including the possibility of driving adaptations.
Driving with a disability Driving with a disability – Driving Mobility

From the DVLA
You could be fined up to £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA about a condition that might affect your ability to drive safely. You could also be prosecuted if you have an accident.” DVLA Medical conditions, disabilities and driving – GOV.UK
If you are not sure after reading the information available from DVLA then you can call the DVLA and they can support you in making the right decision (see contact details available under self-referral to National support)

From Patient info
Information for clinicians
Fitness to Drive Fitness to Drive. When is a fitness to drive test needed? | Patient
It is the responsibility of the driver to inform the DVLA/DVA of any such medical condition which may affect ability to drive safely. It is the responsibility of doctors to advise patients that medical conditions (and drugs) may affect their ability to drive and for which conditions patients should inform the DVLA.”
Drivers should also inform their insurance company of any condition disclosed to the DVLA/DVA.”

Older drivers
“Encourage relatives to contact DVLA if they believe a relative who has dementia should not be driving. Many elderly drivers who die in accidents are found to have Alzheimer’s disease.”

From DVLA
Clinical information
Accessing fitness to drive: a guide for medical professions Assessing fitness to drive: a guide for medical professionals – GOV.UK

DRIVING SAFETY

See under section reduce your risk of accidents on the road , under the question “How can I reduce the risk of an accident on the road.”

alternatives to driving

Running a car has become increasingly more expensive and the present levels of traffic has made driving more stressful. Virtual meetings have become more popular locally not just following the Covid pandemic but also to reduce carbon footprints.

Many people now instead choose for a variety of reasons to either use public or private (taxis) transport. There is very helpful local support to help you consider the alternative options to driving in the section Transport.

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