On the Move? Drive or Ride with Care
We live in a mobile world—people are constantly on the move with places to go and things to do. Just think about getting to and from work, school, social activities, or doctor appointments.
Being able to drive or have access to reliable and affordable transportation is important to you. And when you have a seizure disorder, it’s just as important to think about safety—for yourself, your passengers, and others who may be on the road.
Driving is a mix of many skills. It involves your vision, attention, and judgment. Coordination, control of your body, and reaction time also come into play. Any or all of these skills might be affected by:
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Health conditions related to epilepsy
- Side effects of seizure medicines
In the United States, every state’s driving laws cover details on epilepsy and seizures. The laws and regulations vary, but most states require a defined seizure-free interval for drivers. This means that before a person with epilepsy may legally drive, he or she must be seizure-free for a certain period of time (ranging from 3 to 12 months). Your healthcare professional may also need to confirm your health status and ability to drive safely.
Learn more from these resources for drivers and riders.
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Resources for drivers
Know your state’s driving laws
The Epilepsy Foundation provides a quick way to find out driver information by state.
Learn about licenses
The Epilepsy Foundation provides information about what you need to get and maintain a driver’s license.
Get tips for safe driving
Driving & You is a quick-read booklet with helpful information.
Resources for riders
If you are unable to drive, there may be good public transportation or government programs and services available to help you get where you need to go.