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What will a road test examine to see if I can drive with multiple sclerosis?

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If things go well on the office test, then you’ll have a road test. This will see how well you do the following:

  • Get into and out of the car
  • Store the gear you use to help you get around, like a cane or wheelchair
  • Follow driving rules
  • React to road hazards
  • Move your foot between the gas pedal and brake
  • Stay in your lane and change lanes safely

Afterward, the specialist can tell you how multiple sclerosis might be affecting your driving and tell you how to make it 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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