Epilepsy and Driving

Driving and Epilepsy: Other Factors

Some states will license people with epilepsy if they only have seizures during sleep (nocturnal epilepsy), or if they have simple partial epilepsy, in which they remain aware and able to drive safely.
Some people have a long aura (or warning) before a seizure, allowing them to pull safely off the road. In some states, a doctor's statement to that effect will allow a person to get a restricted license.

Alternatives to Driving

Ask your doctor about medicines that are designed to prevent epilepsy symptoms and how those medicines might affect your ability to drive a car safely.
You can maintain your independence even if you have to give up driving until you have been seizure-free long enough to get your license back. It may take planning ahead on your part, but planning will help get you to the places you want to go and the people you want to see.
Consider the following alternatives to driving:
  • Taxi cabs
  • Shuttle buses or vans
  • Public buses, trains, and subways
  • Rides with family and friends
  • Walking.


As a final note, senior centers and religious and other local service groups often offer transportation services.
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