Talking about driving with Parkinson’s to others can be tough, but it’s important for your safety and confidence to get continuous feedback. An occupational therapy (OT) assessment and technology can help you determine if you’re fit to drive. Remember, Parkinson’s is something you need to report to your state or territory’s driving authority. Your GP or neurologist can assist you with the necessary forms.

It’s also crucial to be self-aware about when it might be time to stop driving. Even though it may feel like losing some independence, there are various transportation supports available for people with disabilities.

  • DRIVING | Reporting requirements

    Parkinson’s is classified as a reportable medical condition, requiring the transport authority in your state to be notified of your condition. There are consequences for failing to notify a reportable medical condition, and if you are involved in an accident, your insurance may not cover you, you may face the risk of being sued, or be charged with driving offences. For more information on your responsibilities as a driver with Parkinson’s, please contact the transport authority in your state.

  • DRIVING | Occupational therapy assessment

    People with Parkinson’s may not be aware of changes in their ability to drive, and specialised Occupational Therapists have the authority to assess a person’s capacity to operate a vehicle. The role of an Occupational Therapist is to assist people to be as independent as possible in everyday life.

  • DRIVING | Lane assist technology

    Lane assist technology provides visual and audio notifications to let the driver know their car is crossing over into another lane without signalling.