After a stroke, problems with your vision, speech, or ability to move can change your ability to drive safely. So you'll need to get approval to drive again. This may be hard to accept. You may feel that this is a big loss of
independence. But this approval is for the safety of yourself and others.
Talk with your doctor and your loved ones about driving again. You will need your doctor's approval to drive again. Also, check with your motor vehicle
department about the rules for people who have had a stroke. You may
need to take classes, be tested again, and have changes made to your car. Some
stroke rehab centers give driver training classes.
If you cannot drive because of problems from your stroke, check with
your stroke rehab center about programs that offer special vans that can take
you to and from places. Senior groups and volunteer agencies may also offer
Winstein CJ, et al. (2016). Guidelines for adult stroke rehabilitation and recovery: A guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, published online May 4, 2016. DOI: 10.1161/STR.0000000000000098. Accessed June 3, 2016.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRichard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation