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Driving With Multiple Sclerosis & Other Progressive Neurological Disorders

Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Friedreich’s ataxia are progressive neurological disorders. As with any neurological condition/disorder, it’s affects vary individually.

A person diagnosed with a neurological condition may rely more on the convenience of  driving to maintain their independence and enhance quality of life.

However, the effects of a neurological condition may have implications for driving. It can affect physical mobility, endurance, vision, and cognition.

As a result of a  person’s driving difficulties, confidence may decrease. A suitable driving course may provide one with the skills necessary to restore driving confidence.  For more information see Driving Courses.

Good insight, self monitoring of one’s medical condition and its affects on driving skills are imperative. It’s in a driver’s best interest to be responsible and if necessary impose restrictions on their driving.

Advances in automobile technology and vehicle adaptations provide suitable options for people continuing to drive with reduced mobility and strength.

To continue or return to driving following a medical diagnosis, contact your GP and comply with the Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines. View/Download RSA ‘Sláinte agus Tiomáint’ >>(PDF format). When renewing your licence, your GP may issue the medical report for one year, subject to review.

A driving assessment may also be recommended. An assessment can include recommendations regarding driving and advice on suitable adaptations, if necessary. For more information see Driver Assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If I have a disability, do I need to inform my car insurance company ?
A. Yes. A driver is obliged to inform their car insurance company of any changes in their health that may affect their ability to drive safely.

Q. If I have a disability/illness, will I be charged extra for my car insurance?
A. No. A driver with a disability should not be charged extra, nor refused a quote solely based on their disability.

Q. I have a full driver’s licence. I recently had my car adapted and will be returning to drive. Do I have to retake my driving test ?
A. No. Provided you hold a full licence for the vehicle you are driving, if you have it adapted and return or continue to drive, you are not required to retake a driving test.

 

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