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Does multiple sclerosis affect driving?

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Multiple sclerosis can make driving a challenge. It can affect the skills you need behind the wheel -- your vision, memory, reflexes, and how well you move your arms and legs. Your symptoms can come and go, sometimes in the same day. It might not be safe to drive during a flare-up, but it’s usually OK to get back in the driver’s seat after symptoms go away.

For most people with the disease, though, some planning and the right tools can make driving easier and safer.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence: “Driving and MS.”

Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president, healthcare information and resources, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Driving with Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Major Changes.”

Reviewed by Heather Melendez on August 9, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence: “Driving and MS.”

Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president, healthcare information and resources, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Driving with Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Major Changes.”

Reviewed by Heather Melendez on August 9, 2020

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