Having Parkinson's doesn't necessarily mean you will have to stop driving.

But you will have to inform authorities of your condition and there are some things you need to know about staying safe on the road.

When you are diagnosed with Parkinson's, it is a legal requirement that you contact: 

You should do this straight away.

These organisations make every effort to ensure people with health problems can stay as mobile as possible and are safe to do so.

You may need to have a medical or driving assessment.

Parkinson's medication and driving

The side effects that some people may experience from Parkinson's drugs can affect their ability to drive, for example drowsiness.

The risk of severe drowsiness or the sudden onset of sleep due to Parkinson's drugs is low.

However, if you experience any excessive daytime sleepiness or sudden onset of sleep, you should not drive and you should inform your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse.

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Last updated March 2016. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at [email protected].