Medical Caution Against Driving 6-12 Months Post-TBI
In the United States if a person loses consciousness due to a brain injury his driver’s license can be suspended. However, many physicians will not report the incident to the DMV unless they believe the loss of consciousness is likely to recur as when a patient has epilepsy. Therefore, it is often up to the injured person how soon to resume driving after a TBI. What is safe? A study done in Summer 2013 at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, showed that it may be unwise for a person with a TBI to return right away to driving because of psychological, emotional or cognitive problems. The researchers recommended a waiting period of 6-12 months for persons who are showing impairment. For persons who aren’t sure taking a field test with a private driving instructor or even a trusted friend might be a good idea.