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Driving After a Stroke

Driving is often a major concern after a stroke. Injury to the brain may change how someone does things It’s not unusual for stroke survivors to want to drive but the patient’s safety and the safety of others must be the first consideration.

Often survivors are unaware of the difficulties in driving they might have. Some don’t realize the effects of their stroke. Driving against your doctor’s advice is dangerous and may be illegal.

Here are some of the warning signs of unsafe driving:

  • Drives too fast or too slow for road conditions or posted speeds
  • Needs help or instructions from passengers
  • Doesn’t observe signs or signals
  • Makes slow or poor distance decisions
  • Gets easily frustrated for confused
  • Often gets lost, even in familiar areas
  • Has accidents or close calls
  • Drifts across lane markings into other lanes.