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Which signs should I look for to know a loved one with Parkinson's disease shouldn't drive?

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  • Driving too slowly
  • Stopping in traffic for no apparent reason
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Getting lost along a familiar route
  • Difficulty executing turns and lane changes
  • Drifting into other traffic lanes or driving on the wrong side of the street
  • Forgetting to signal or signaling incorrectly
  • Not noticing other things or people on the road
  • Becoming drowsy or falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Parking inappropriately
  • Getting tickets for traffic violations
  • Getting into accidents

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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