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How does Parkinson’s disease affect driving?

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Even in mild cases, common symptoms such as shaking in the arms, hands, or legs; impaired balance; and slowed physical and mental responses can affect driving skills.

Episodes of tremor, for example,can affect the ability to operate a car’s controls. Rigidity can result in jerky motions while steering. Slow movement can interfere with braking in heavy traffic or ability to quickly react to road hazards. Postural instability can affect drivers’ awareness of their surroundings.

From: Parkinson’s Disease: Driving a Car WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration: “Driving When You Have Parkinson’s Disease.” 

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Dementia and Driving.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Parkinson’s Disease: Hope Through Research.”

MD Consult: “Parkinson’s Disease: Patient Education.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

SOURCES:

National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration: “Driving When You Have Parkinson’s Disease.” 

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Dementia and Driving.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Parkinson’s Disease: Hope Through Research.”

MD Consult: “Parkinson’s Disease: Patient Education.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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