Parkinson’s disease is a type of movement disorder that can significantly impair driving skills, cause safety concerns, and force many people with the condition to stop driving a car. That’s because the primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can seriously interfere with the complex task of driving a car. These symptoms are:
Tremor -- trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, or head
Rigidity -- stiffness of the limbs and trunk
Bradykinesia -- slowness of movement
Parkinson's disease most often first appear during a person's 50s or 60s. The
disease progresses gradually over 10 to 15 years, resulting in increasing
disability. Early-onset disease (before age 30 to 40) is not common. Among the
total number of Parkinson's disease cases, 5% to 10% are early-onset.3
Parkinson's disease occurs more often in men
than in women, but the reason for this is unknown.4
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December 3, 2010
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December 03, 2010
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