Older Drivers

Frequently Asked Questions

10. If I have arthritis, could that affect my driving?

Arthritis can make a person’s joints swollen and stiff, limiting movement of the shoulders, hands, head, or neck. This can make it hard to grasp or turn the steering wheel, apply the brake and gas pedals, put on a seatbelt, or get in and out of a car. A driving rehabilitation specialist can evaluate your driving and may be able to recommend adaptations to your vehicle that will make it easier and safer to drive. People with arthritis should consult their healthcare team for guidance on driving.

Watch "Driving with Severe Arthritis" to learn how limited movement from severe arthritis affects driving.