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Should I get checked out by a driver rehabilitation specialist to determine if multiple sclerosis is affecting my ability to drive?

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Sometimes you’ll notice when MS affects your driving, like you can’t move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake quickly. Other symptoms aren’t so obvious: You may bump into things when you park or get lost on familiar streets. Some people with MS aren’t aware that their driving has changed until someone points it out. If you’re not sure whether MS affects your driving, see a driver rehabilitation specialist. The evaluation will have two parts: one in an office and one behind the wheel.

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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