When someone is diagnosed with dementia – this does not mean that they cannot drive. That individual may be able to continue to drive for some time. However, certain legal requirements must be met. These include informing DVLA and car insurance companies. Importantly, what matters is whether that person is putting themselves or others at risk.
Many people with dementia choose to stop driving of their own accord; this might be because they begin to find it stressful or they lose confidence. If someone diagnosed with dementia is unsure of their ability to drive, they can take a driving assessment. To do this they need apply directly to an assessment centre and pay a fee.
An assessment is not like a driving test, it is an overall assessment of the impact that the dementia is having on a person’s driving performance and safety. The assessment also allows for some of the bad habits that we might all be susceptible to.
For more information, contact the following:
Drivers Medical Group,
Tel: 0300 790 6806
Driving Assessment Centre,
Bridgewater Community Healthcare,
Northwest Driving Assessment Centre Fleet House,
Tel: 01942 483713
Written by Chris Moore. BSc(Hons), OT, PGCE, MA. HCPC (Reg)
Clinical Rating Specialist Mac Clinical Research.