Driving After a Stroke
Stroke survivors typically want to drive and return to as much independence as possible.
However, stroke survivors may not realize the difficulties they can encounter when driving post stroke. Vision loss, compromises in physical skills, and diminished abilities to process information quickly can impact safety behind the wheel. Individuals may also need help in knowing how to independently transport a wheelchair or other mobility device.
Impact on Driving
Stroke survivors may experience the following behind the wheel challenges:
- Difficulty targeting gas/brake pedals
- Driving too fast or too slow (regulating speed)
- Difficulty steering or maintaining lane position or crossing into other lanes
- Unable to see traffic signs or signals or traffic patterns
- Becoming frustrated or confused when needing to make quick driving decisions
Knowing How to Proceed
- Reaction time
- Functional skills
- Decision making
- Need for adaptive driving aids
We recommend that you be at least 3 months post stroke and finished with the majority of Physical Therapy/Speech/Therapy/Occupational Therapy/ Vision Interventions prior to scheduling a driver evaluation. We do not require a doctor’s order to schedule. If you have completed vision testing or vision rehabilitation post stroke, we request you provide a copy of results prior to providing services.
Resources with information about driving after a stroke