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On the road again: assessing driving ability in patients with neurological conditions
  1. Joel D Handley1,
  2. Rhys H Thomas1,2,
  3. Pat McKenna3,
  4. Thomas A T Hughes1
  1. 1 Department of Neurosciences, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  3. 3 Rookwood Neuro Rehabilitation Unit, Rookwood Hospital, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joel D Handley, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Stott Lane, Salford M6 8HD, UK; joel.handley{at}


Clinicians may not be aware of the specialised methods and adaptations that are used to help people with disabilities to drive a car. We describe a driving assessment process as carried out by one of the UK’s flagship assessment centres, including an overview of the available assessments, adaptations and relevant legislation to guide practitioners about how best to signpost and counsel their patients appropriately about driving.

  • Driving Assessment
  • Rookwood Driving Battery
  • Adaptations
  • DVLA
  • Epilepsy

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  • Contributors All authors were involved in the creation and final editing of this article. TATH and RHT were particularly involved in its conception, while JDH was involved mainly with its creation, design and formatting.

  • Competing interests JDH reports no competing interests; RHT is an Associate Editor of Practical Neurology and has received honoraria from Eisai, Sanofi and UCB Pharma; PM is the author of the Rookwood Driving Battery; TH reports no competing interests.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed. Reviewed by David Shakespeare, Lancaster, UK.

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