Return to Driving

Can you drive after a stroke?

Older adult drivingYes, many people are able to return to driving after a stroke. Frequently, safe driving will require the addition of adaptive devices to assist in operating the vehicle’s primary driving controls (gas, brake, and steering) as well as the vehicle’s secondary driving controls (turn signals, windshield wipers, horn, etc.). In some cases, modifications to make the vehicle wheelchair accessible may also be required.

To determine if you are a candidate for driving, a driver rehabilitation specialist can provide a comprehensive evaluation. The assessment should include a review of your medical history and medication, functional ability, vision, perception, reaction time, and a behind-the-wheel evaluation. After this assessment, the driver rehabilitation specialist will help you identify what special equipment or accomodations are needed to acheive independent, safe driving.

Adaptive Driving Equipment

Possible Mobility Solutions for a Driving After a Stroke

Oftentimes, driving after a stroke requires vehicle modifications and adaptive equipment. While every driver is unique, the equipment listed below is frequently used by stroke survivors who return to driving. In addition to these items, there are more products available to help create a safe and comfortable driving experience that is customized for you.

To help you determine what solution best fits your needs, your driver rehabilitation specialist will likely have different variations of demo equipment for you to try. If a particular product is not available for you to demo, please contact a Creative Mobility Group showroom so we can facilitate a demonstration for you with your driver rehabilitation specialist.

Spinner knob steering device installed on a steering wheelSteering Device
Commonly used with hand controls, a steering device attaches to a vehicle’s steering wheel to provide easier and more comfortable steering.
Left Foot Accelerator
A left foot accelerator allows the driver to accelerate and brake with their left foot while keeping their right foot stationary.
Veigel MyCommand steering device installed on a steering wheelSecondary Control Modifications
Some drivers may require secondary control modifcations to more easily access functions such as the turn signals or windshield wipers.

Woman entering Toyota Sienna minivan with turn out seatTransfer Aid
A transfer aid, such as BraunAbility® Turny® Evo, can assist with entering and exiting the vehicle independently.
Woman loading mobility scooter with crane-style lift into a minivanScooter Stowage Lift
If the driver utilizes a mobility aid, such as scooter, a stowage lift can assist with transporting it.
Woman on mobility scooter in front of wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna with ramp deployedWheelchair Accessible Van
If the driver uses a power wheelchair, a wheelchair accessible van may be needed.


Additional Resources for Driving After a Stroke

The organizations listed below can provide more resources and information on learning to drive with adaptive equipment after a stroke. If you’re ready to begin your driver rehabilitation journey, contact The Creative Mobility Group to help you get started!

Logos for ADED - The Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association, NMEDA - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Assocation, the American Stroke Association, and the American Heart Association