You’ve probably heard that people with epilepsy can’t drive. But did you know that’s not always the case? Driving with epilepsy is possible.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the conditions under which people with epilepsy can and can’t drive. We’ll also take a look at how laws vary from state to state. If you’re wondering whether or not you’ll ever be able to get behind the wheel, keep reading!
People with epilepsy are likely to be able to drive if:
– have been seizure-free for a certain period of time (usually at least six months)
-have a letter signed by a neurologist or other medical professional testifying to their seizure-free status
– take medication regularly and as prescribed
However, people with epilepsy may not be able to drive if they:
-have not gone longer than 6 months without a seizure
– have had multiple seizures in the past year
– have not been compliant with their medication regimen
– have other medical conditions that may impair their ability to drive
Making The Decision To Drive
In many cases, people with epilepsy are able to get their seizures under control and subsequently are able to obtain the independence that comes with driving.
However, if a person with epilepsy who had been driving had a seizure, it would be necessary to start over from the beginning in regaining eligibility to drive.
If you or a loved one has epilepsy and is interested in driving, it’s important to work with a doctor to get seizures under control and understand your state’s laws.
Driving can provide a sense of freedom that may help someone living with epilepsy feel more in control of their own lives and ultimately contribute to their happiness.
What To Consider
A few factors to consider when deciding whether or not to drive are:
- what time of day do you have seizures- how at risk are you of having a seizure at the wheel?
- how necessary to your lifestyle is driving? Do you need to drive to get around or do you have a bus or carpooling service you could use?
While you can talk with a doctor and loved ones, the decision about whether you want to drive once you are eligible is ultimately yours- at least once you’re 18.
Talk to others with epilepsy who have made a tough decision on whether or not to drive, and ask them what influenced their decision.
Remember that driving is not out of reach simply because you’ve been diagnosed with epilepsy.
Some days are harder than others, and your life will be different than that of your peers, but with the right precautions in place, driving can be a part of your life.
Bonus: State by State Driving Laws
Check out this awesome resource from the Epilepsy Foundation to see what kind of laws your state has!