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Neurological conditions and driving

Safe driving requires a number of intact neurological functions including judgement, memory, coordination and concentration. Impairment of any of these functions may affect driving ability, and even possibly induce seizures. All drivers diagnosed with a neurological condition are legally required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles as soon as practicable.

Neurological conditions which may affect driving include:

  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain injuries

How do these conditions affect driving ability?

  1. Loss of cognitive ability such as memory capacity, attention, visual functions, reaction time and insight.
  2. Possible onset of a seizure, resulting in loss of limb control and the vehicle
  3. Possible risk of aneurysms and haemorrhage

What are the symptoms?

  • Confusion and fatigue
  • Reduced muscular power and coordination
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of vision
  • Seizures and loss of consciousness

What precautions can I take?

  • Consult with your doctor regularly to ensure that you are safe to drive.
  • Pay particular attention to the symptoms you are experiencing. If you are experiencing difficulty with your vision, hearing, reaction speed, coordination or attentiveness, you may need to re-assess your driving skills.  
  • Ensure you are taking any medication prescribed to you when required.
  • Ensure that you are well rested before driving
  • If you are prone to seizures, avoid circumstances and substances that are known to increase your risk of an episode.

For more information see the following publications:

Epilepsy and driving

Dementia and driving

Parkinson's disease and driving

Multiple Sclerosis and driving