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.

If you have arthritis, you should consult your healthcare team for guidance on driving. Treating the condition could make it easier to perform these actions.

Also, 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.

(Watch the video to learn more about driving with arthritis. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)