We recently launched our new 'Your Health and Driving' leaflet. The new leaflet is the latest in a suite of leaflets that have been developed by the National Office for Traffic Medicine, in conjunction with the RSA, to provide information and support for drivers with medical conditions. Previous leaflets provided information about driving with epilepsy, sleep apnoea, cardiac conditions, alcohol problems and short-term illnesses/injuries.
The new leaflet aims to raise awareness about how health can affect driving more generally and to promote safe mobility for drivers with medical conditions. It provides guidance on what drivers with medical conditions should do to help them drive safely, including managing and monitoring their condition, seeking advice and support from their doctor(s) and where required, notifying the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) about their condition.
This new resource will not only provide easily accessible information to drivers to help them to make decisions about their driving and to stay safe on the road, but it will aid GPs, occupational and public health professionals as it will help them to start a conversation with their patients about medical fitness to drive.
Professor Desmond O'NeillProgramme Director, National Office for Traffic Medicine
When we think about how illness might affect our lives, we don’t always make the link as to how it might affect our driving. It's important that this connection is made because very often simple steps we take can allow us to drive safely and go about our normal daily lives. The practical information in this leaflet will support this.
Mr Declan NaughtonDirector of Driver Training and Licencing, Road Safety Authority
GPs welcome this new leaflet on Your Health and Driving. As GPs we have a responsibility to ensure that our patients continue to drive safely. Likewise, our patients have a responsibility to report any conditions that may impair their driving ability. This new leaflet will enable doctors to have that conversation with their patients to ensure that they continue to maintain their health, follow medical advice and maintain their driving mobility in a safe and responsible fashion.
Dr Tony CoxMedical Director, Irish College of General Practitioners