Driving After Stroke

man driving a car

If you’ve had a stroke, the thought of driving a car can be both appealing and intimidating. Driving provides a sense of independence and freedom, but safety takes on even greater importance.

Here are a few things to consider before you pick up your car keys:

  • Discuss with your healthcare professional whether it’s safe for you to drive and, if so, whether you need to modify your car.
  • Check with your state’s department of motor vehicles to see whether your physician must report your health status before you can drive again.
  • Your state might have other requirements as well.

What if I need to make modifications to my car?

The right modifications can help you regain confidence and independence on the road.

  • Contact a rehabilitation specialist in your area to help assess your ability to operate a motor vehicle. The specialist can also evaluate whether modifications will be necessary or helpful. Look for certified driver rehabilitation specialists in your area by visiting aded.net.
  • Contact the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association for assistance with car modification. Visit NMEDA.com.
  • Enroll in an adaptive driving course to help you understand new equipment. These programs are often available for a fee through rehabilitation centers. You can also contact your state’s department of motor vehicles. Ask for the office of driver safety to find out the vehicle or training requirements for people who’ve had a stroke.

Is there financial assistance for mobility equipment?

Financial assistance for mobility equipment is available for those who qualify. Possible sources include:

  • State Programs
  • Government Programs
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Automaker Rebates
  • Veterans’ benefits
  • Fundraisers/Charitable Organizations/Churches

Other Transportation Options/Additional Resources:

  • National Center on Senior Transportation (866) 528-6278
  • Eldercare (800) 677-1116

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