• When do I know to stop driving? Do I only stop if my doctor tells me I have to?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    When do I know to stop driving? Do I only stop if my doctor tells me I have to?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • SMT4's Avatar

      You and your doctor should consult with each other and discuss when it is a right time. For me I had two neck surgeries 4 weeks apart and I tried to drive my previous truck two weeks after and ran it into a brick wall. My poor truck got the worst not to mention I could have been really hurt not just from the accident but the fact my neck was still healing. I learned that sometimes when you may question your ability it is time to have a discussion of whether or not it is something you can or should still be doing. Wishing you the best and safest of travels.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Of course you should never drive when you are taking any sort of narcotic.If you have any doubt perhpas you might consider having a one on one driving class with an instructor to evaluate your skills and responce time..This is fairly inexpensive and a good instructor can provide feed back on if new skills could help you over come any limitations you might have or even brush up driving skills. A refresher course might be in order and may help regain confidence if thats an issue.

      You should stop driving if you feel unsure of your ability.
      Good luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      I stopped driving when they increased my pain med to 100 mg three times a day. If you feel or know your reaction time is impaired or your pain is so great it can interfere with decisions or functionality you should stop. If you aren't sure talk to your doctor. Remember if you should have an accident and you are tested and found to have narcotics in your bloodstream they can say you are under the influence.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I think your answer is in your question. There is no shame in admitting that you can't or shouldn't do some of the things you used to do. And its far better to be prudent than cause an accident that causes yourself further harm or worse, harms someone else.

      over 5 years ago
    • jREINHARDT's Avatar

      Mark, Each state is different on the laws regarding driving after a seizure. While it sounds like you might of found the tumor without having a grand mal seizure, i would not recomend driving until your Dr. clears you. They found mine after i went into a full blown grand mal seizure while driving and ended up in someone's living room, thank god they weren't home. I have been told that here in Indiana there is no law regarding driving while you are prone to seizures, but it is up to your Dr.

      The other thing to consider, is the liability you would carry if something were to happen while you were driving, knowing that you are prone to having a seizure, or the likelihood of having a seizure is greater than a normal person. Some insurance companies would deny the claim and it would all fall onto your shoulders, if you are unable to prove you were cleared to drive. My Dr. sent me to a rehab hospital that specializes in clearing people to drive after head injuries. I dont remember the name of it, but it is located off of 86th and michigan. Only bad part is you will be required to drive for about 90mins with Mr. Gross, felt like a kid again, it was the same guy who taught my driver's ed class back in the day.

      over 5 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear MarktheMan,

      I agree with Clyde! There's a Talmudic saying that goes "The question is half the answer." No, your doctor isn't the only guide to tell you when it's not ok to drive-he's one of them. You (with input from others) should be able to discern when not to - 1) When you're tired 2) When you're in pain or achy 3) When you're really not in the mood [might not be able to concentrate well] 4) When you're on pain meds stronger than tylenol or aspirin 5) if you have any kind of alcoholic or recreational drug in your system 6) Consult with your doc when recuperating from surgery and you're off the pain meds if it's been weeks and she/he thinks it's ok for you to drive. That's the best I can think of for the moment.

      over 5 years ago
    • sbmontgomery's Avatar

      If you question at all that you shouldn't drive than you shouldn't. I quit driving before the dr told me to stop. I just didn't feel completely safe. I had surgery in June of 2012 and finished treatment at the end of September. I have now started to drive again but always have someone with me until I feel more secure.

      over 5 years ago

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