Driving and transportation

Driving a vehicle is a complex activity that requires several abilities and skills, such as:

  • Quick reactions
  • The ability to divide your attention (e.g., watching a traffic light and pedestrians, while keeping your foot on the brake)
  • Good judgment
  • An understanding and ability to recall the rules of the road
  • The ability to find a destination
  • Adequate eyesight and hearing.

Driving also represents freedom, independence and mobility. Although driving is a privilege, some people view it as a right.

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias cause changes that affect a person's ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. A diagnosis of dementia, however, does not automatically mean that a person is incapable of driving. Some people may be capable of driving safely for some time after the diagnosis, depending on when in the disease progression the person has been diagnosed and the rate the disease progresses. Eventually, however, people with Alzheimer's disease must stop driving, as it will no longer be safe.

E-learning module for physicians

The module includes resources for physicians related to driving and dementia, including navigating the process of assessing fitness-to-drive, disclosure, reporting and much more. 

Last Updated: 11/08/2017