Psychiatric conditions and driving
Psychiatric conditions may be associated with disturbances of behaviour, cognitive abilities and perception, and therefore have the potential to affect driving ability. Any person driving with a psychiatric condition will be legally required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles as soon as practicable. These conditions include:
How do these conditions affect driving ability?
- Reduced ability to sustain concentration or attention
- Possibility of hallucinations or delusionary beliefs interfering with driving
- Possible recklessness and aggressiveness
- Panic attacks
The above are all symptoms which should not be ignored when driving a vehicle.
What precautions can I take?
- Ensure you are taking any medication prescribed to you when required.
- Pull over if you become overly emotional or are struggling to concentrate
- Do not drive if you are feeling aggressive or overly anxious
For more information see www.beyondblue.org.au