Medical conditions, medication and driving

Some medical conditions may impact your ability the drive, some of these are:

  • Arthritis
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy

Medication can also impair your ability to drive. Avoid driving when using medications that could cause drowsiness or impair cognitive capability.

If you have concerns about driving with medical conditions or using medication, please seek advice from your doctor.

Driving eyesight rules

It is a legal requirement for drivers to be able to read a number plate that is 20 metres away: Driving eyesight rules - GOV.UK  

We encourage all mature road users to see an optician every 1 to 2 years.

Reporting a medical condition to DVLA

You must tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and:

  • You develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability. 
  • A condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence.

Tell the DVLA about your medical condition or disability - GOV.UK

The DVLA may refer you to a mobility centre to be assessed. Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility provide driving and mobility assessments at their centres across the UK. 

Further information and advice for older drivers

Discover more information and advice elsewhere on the web: