Driving is a major part of peoples’ lives and one which can be threatened with increasing age or certain illnesses or disabilities. Whats steps should you take in these circumstances? Watch to find out…
So, what do we need to think about in terms of whether we can drive safely in relation to an illness or our age?
First of all, it’s really important to say that illness, getting older, a little less strong, and a little less fast is no bar to driving. On the other hand there are lots of specifics we have to think about.
No matter what your age, if you’re 20 or if you’re 80, you do have to inform the DVLA if you have some sort of health condition that could impact upon your driving ability. You also need to inform the DVLA if you have some sort of disability that’s going to last more than three months.
So, the general rule is if you have an acute illness, if you’re not well for a week or two of course you should follow common sense and not drive if you’re really not very well. But, in this case, you don’t have to inform the DVLA unless it goes on for more than three months.
In that case, they would then send you a form all about different medical conditions asking you lots of questions. You’d be expected to fill that form in and return it to the DVLA and then they will advise you. And often it’s not a case of banning you from driving but just looking at more specifics and asking for further advice.
You also need to think about your insurance company, because if you’ve informed the DVLA of a disability your insurance company also needs to know. If you don’t inform them you may find your insurance is invalid so you need to tell them about it, too, and there may be limitations on your driving.
That’s the sort of general situation for everybody. It can be very difficult to accept that you shouldn’t be driving anymore, but there will be times, and for some people when you just have to look at alternatives.