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:
- the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in England, Scotland and Wales, or
- the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland
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.