Driving with epilepsyDDriving with epilepsyDriving with epilepsyEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW11.00000000000000565.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Driving safely is a serious responsibility for anyone with a license. Here are a few precautions for someone with epilepsy to consider before starting.</p><p>In most provinces in Canada, a person can apply for a driver’s licence if they are 16 years old or more. Getting a licence usually involves passing one or more written and practical tests and taking a vision test. Some provinces, including Ontario, have a graduated licensing system in which a new driver earns full driving privileges in stages.</p> <p>A person applying for a driver’s licence must also be considered medically fit to drive. In Canada, a person is required by law to report to their provincial ministry of transportation any health problems, such as epilepsy, that might interfere with their safe driving. In some provinces, physicians are also required by law to report anyone with a medical condition that could impair their driving. Before applying for a licence, check the rules concerning driving in your province or state with the appropriate authority, such as the Ministry of Transportation. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>By law, in Canada a person must report to their provincial ministry of transportation any health problems, such as epilepsy, that might interfere with their safe driving.</li> <li>In Ontario, a person with epilepsy is usually eligible for a driver’s licence if they have been seizure-free (on or off medication) for the past one year, have no side effects of medication that would impair driving and are under regular medical supervision.</li> <li>An insurance company cannot charge more for car insurance based on health status, nor can it ask about health status as a condition for coverage.</li></ul>
Conduire avec l’épilepsieCConduire avec l’épilepsieDriving with epilepsyFrenchNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW11.000000000000048.00000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Conduire avec l’épilepsie est une responsabilité importante pour toute personne titulaire d’un permis. Voici certaines précautions qu’une personne épileptique devrait prendre avant de commencer à conduire.</p><p>Dans la plupart des provinces du Canada, quiconque peut présenter une demande pour obtenir un permis de conduire s’il est âgé d’au moins 16 ans. Il est habituellement nécessaire de passer un ou plusieurs examens écrits et pratiques et de subir un examen de la vue. Certaines provinces, comme l’Ontario, ont un système de délivrance de permis graduel qui fait en sorte qu’un nouveau conducteur obtient ses privilèges de conduite étape par étape.</p> <p>De plus, une personne qui demande un permis de conduire doit être médicalement apte à conduire. Au Canada, selon la loi, une personne doit déclarer au ministère provincial des Transports tout problème de santé, comme l’épilepsie, qui pourrait avoir une incidence sur une conduite sécuritaire. Dans certaines provinces, les médecins sont tenus de déclarer toute personne ayant un problème médical qui pourrait l’empêcher de conduire de façon sécuritaire. Avant de demander un permis de conduire, consultez les règlements sur la conduite automobile de votre province ou de votre état auprès de l’autorité concernée, par exemple, le ministère des Transports.</p><ul><li>Au Canada, selon la loi, une personne doit déclarer au ministère provincial des Transports tout problème de santé, comme l’épilepsie, qui pourrait avoir une incidence sur une conduite sécuritaire.</li> <li>En Ontario, une personne atteinte d’épilepsie est habituellement admissible à obtenir un permis de conduire si elle n’a pas eu de crises depuis un an (avec ou sans médicaments), si les médicaments n’entraînent aucun effet secondaire qui pourrait l’empêcher de conduire et s’il est sous surveillance médicale constante.</li> <li>Une compagnie d’assurance ne peut pas facturer un montant plus élevé pour une assurance automobile en raison de l’état de santé d’une personne ni poser des questions sur son état de santé comme condition pour la couverture d’assurance.</li></ul>

 

 

Driving with epilepsy2120.00000000000Driving with epilepsyDriving with epilepsyDEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW11.00000000000000565.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Driving safely is a serious responsibility for anyone with a license. Here are a few precautions for someone with epilepsy to consider before starting.</p><p>In most provinces in Canada, a person can apply for a driver’s licence if they are 16 years old or more. Getting a licence usually involves passing one or more written and practical tests and taking a vision test. Some provinces, including Ontario, have a graduated licensing system in which a new driver earns full driving privileges in stages.</p> <p>A person applying for a driver’s licence must also be considered medically fit to drive. In Canada, a person is required by law to report to their provincial ministry of transportation any health problems, such as epilepsy, that might interfere with their safe driving. In some provinces, physicians are also required by law to report anyone with a medical condition that could impair their driving. Before applying for a licence, check the rules concerning driving in your province or state with the appropriate authority, such as the Ministry of Transportation. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>By law, in Canada a person must report to their provincial ministry of transportation any health problems, such as epilepsy, that might interfere with their safe driving.</li> <li>In Ontario, a person with epilepsy is usually eligible for a driver’s licence if they have been seizure-free (on or off medication) for the past one year, have no side effects of medication that would impair driving and are under regular medical supervision.</li> <li>An insurance company cannot charge more for car insurance based on health status, nor can it ask about health status as a condition for coverage.</li></ul><p>Driving authorities will ask the person's doctor for a report of their condition. This will be reviewed by a medical board, which will make a recommendation about their eligibility for having a driver’s licence. Depending on the recommendation, the license office may grant them a licence. </p> <p>In Ontario, a person with epilepsy is usually eligible for a driver’s licence if they have been seizure-free (on or off medication) for the past one year, has no side effects of medication that would impair driving, and is under regular medical supervision. Other aspects that may work in the person's favour are if: </p> <ul> <li>his seizures have only occurred during sleep or upon awakening for at least the past five years</li> <li>his seizures or medication do not impair their consciousness or make them drowsy</li> <li>his seizures or medication do not impair their coordination and muscle control</li> <li>he has had a seizure in the last year, but it was the result of a medication change or missed pill</li> </ul> <p>Driving safely is a serious responsibility for anyone with a licence. Here are some suggestions:</p> <ul> <li>If you have a seizure, stop driving immediately and do not drive again until you have seen your doctor.</li> <li>Take your medications regularly as prescribed by your doctor.</li> <li>If your medication has recently been changed, wait to see its effects and side effects before you drive.</li> <li>If your doctor is tapering or discontinuing your medication, you should not drive during this period.</li> <li>Make sure you are in good condition before you drive. Do not drive if you are too hungry, too tired, or too sleepy. Sleep deprivation can sometimes bring on seizures. </li> <li>Always avoid alcohol before driving. It not only impairs driving but may bring on a seizure.</li> </ul> <p>If it is not safe to drive, other options include walking, taking public transport, asking a friend for a ride, car-pooling, or taking taxis. </p> <h2>Car insurance</h2> <p>As long as a person has a valid driver’s licence, they should be able to get car insurance. Car insurance rates are based only on the car they drive and their driving record. An insurance company cannot charge more for car insurance based on health status, nor can it ask about health status as a condition for coverage. A person with epilepsy is not required to disclose their health condition to their insurance company.</p> <p>However, driving while a driver’s licence is suspended for any reason, including a medical suspension, is illegal. It will probably also result in the person’s insurance coverage being revoked.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/driving_with_epilepsy.jpgDriving with epilepsy

Thank you to our sponsors

AboutKidsHealth is proud to partner with the following sponsors as they support our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada and around the world by making accessible health care information available via the internet.