Driving with  medical conditions

When people first apply for a driving license they have to sign a declaration to confirm they can either see a certain distance with or without glasses and that any medical conditions they suffer from have been declared.

Unfortunately, things can and do happen, you could have an accident, or you could become unwell, and you could then end up with a long term medical condition or disability.

If this does happen it does not mean you cannot still drive, it just means changes may have to be made, you might need to have adaptions fitted to your car, you may have restrictions on your license, you may only be able to drive for a certain amount of months, before having a medical to ascertain your driving capabilities, you may have to refrain from driving for a number of months to allow recovery.

Whatever happens, you will have to inform your insurance company, as you may not be covered on your insurance if you have an accident that could be put down to a medical episode, if they are not already aware of your condition.

You could also be fined for not informing the DVLA about certain medical conditions, so it is important to ask your doctor or consultant if you will be required to declare a medical condition. They should be able to tell you, if they cannot tell you it will be worth checking out the DVLA website or contacting the medical section, they will be able to give you the right answer.

Also, you will need to make the DVLA aware if you need glasses or contact lenses for driving, especially if you have not needed them before. As you could risk prosecution if you do not pass a kerbside eye test by the police if you are involved in an accident. This is the reason it is so important you get regular check-ups at your opticians, and go and see them if you have started to notice any changes in your eyesight, it could be anything from headaches to blurred vision to not be able to see the television properly. Not sure, get it checked out.

If you are unsure whether you can be driving with medical conditions then please contact the DVLA Medical team 

Stay safe with your driving

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