Many people are nervous about beginning to drive again after ICU.
This can be due to:
Changes that can occur when driving after an injury or long illness are:
You may not be able to drive immediately after discharge. During recovery and rehabilitation many patients begin taking steps to start driving again.
The Department of Transport in your state or region must be notified if:
If you are unsure please contact your local Department of Transport and talk to them. A family doctor may need to fill out a “Fitness to Drive” assessment. Driving requirements are different for private vehicles, commercial and heavy vehicle licences.
Having a medical condition, disability or taking a strong medication doesn't always mean you can't drive.
Talk to your GP about whether you should request a “Fitness to Drive” assessment. This can then be submitted to the Department of Transport for approval.
This topic was reviewed by an intensive care medicine specialist in July 2022.