Driving a Car After a Stroke
British Columbia Specific Information
A stroke is a brain injury caused by blood flow to the brain being blocked, or bleeding in the brain. After having a stroke you may experience physical, mental and emotional complications. These could include: weakness on one side of the body, joint pain, trouble walking, speech and language difficulties, trouble with memory or focusing, etc. Stroke rehabilitation programs can help you continue to live as independently as possible after a stroke, and to learn to adjust to the physical and mental changes caused by your stroke.
To find stroke recovery and rehabilitation programs in your area, search HealthLinkBC's FIND Services and Resources Directory. For more information on stroke recovery, visit Heart and Stroke Foundation or Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia.
For more information on exercising to prevent a stroke or rehabilitation exercises after a stroke, visit Physical Activity Line (PAL) or call 1-877-725-1149 toll-free anywhere in British Columbia, or 604-241-2266 in Greater Vancouver. You may also call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You cannot drive after having a stroke until your doctor says that you can. This may be hard to accept. You may feel that this is a big loss of independence. But any problems with your vision, speech, or ability to move quickly after a stroke can change your ability to drive safely. You need your doctor's approval for the safety of yourself and others.
After your doctor says that you can drive, talk to your provincial ministry of transport and ask 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 centres give driver training classes.
If you cannot drive because of problems from your stroke, check with your stroke rehab centre about programs that offer special vans that can take you to and from places. Senior groups and volunteer agencies may also offer transportation services.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of: August 21, 2015
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