To Drive or Not to Drive?

The progression of Parkinson’s Disease or any other tremor-related condition happens at its own pace – naturally, how the condition affects a person’s motor, cognitive and visual functioning would also be subjective. This makes it hard for a person to assess for themselves if they are fit to carry out complex daily activities like driving.

Even if one has the confidence to drive, would there be a cut-off date for when it won’t be safe to do so anymore, due to involuntary shakes or tremor?

If so, how would one go about determining that date?

The best solution would be to consult one’s physician. Unfortunately, even physicians face difficulties in evaluating a person’s driving abilities. At present, reputed medical associations like The American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that physicians should assess a patient’s driving ability based on their overall “motor and cognitive changes, their response to medications, and any side effects the patients are experiencing as a result of those medications.” There isn’t any concrete evidence-based way to make this assessment as of yet.

Ultimately, the decision to continue driving (or to stop) will be shaped by both personal self-awareness and timely professional medical assessment.

To this end, we’ve come up with a quick check-list below, which we hope will help with the initial stages of your (or a family member/friend’s) decision making process:

To Drive or not to Drive

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