Returning to Driving

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For many people, one of the first things they focus on after their initial recovery from their brain injury, is when they can get back to driving. However, as we know, driving uses many complex thinking and physical skills which may have been affected by a brain injury.

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You can request a printed copy of this booklet using our contact form. Please specify which booklet you require. This booklet is part of the Brain Injury Series of booklets. The full pack of booklets together with organiser and folder is available for sale from our store.

Contributors and Sources

Booklet content and concept development: Brain Injury Information and Support Team, Headway Ireland: Ruth Lunnon (Lead), Catherine O’Hare and Richard Stables.

Acknowledgement: Our sincere thanks to the many Headway clients whose shared experiences made such a valuable contribution to the writing of this booklet and to the Headway Rehabilitation staff who kindly facilitated them in this work.

Sources Used:

    1. Driving after brain injury Tamsin Ahmad, Headway UK (2016).
    2. Returning to Driving after Brain Injury leaflet, National Rehabilitation Hospital (2013).
    3. The Disabled Drivers
    4. The Irish Wheelchair Association
    5. Your health and driving: Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines 2015, The Road Safety Authority (2015)

Headway’s Information and Support Team would be happy to hear your feedback on this material. Please contact us on 1800 400 478 or email


Please note: we have done our best to provide information that is correct and up-to-date. However, we cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. Everyone’s brain injury affects them differently. You should not consider this information as a substitute for getting advice from a doctor or other professional.

© Headway Ireland 2016. Next review due in 2018. You may download and print this booklet for personal or not-for-profit use. If you wish to reproduce any portion of this booklet, you must request permission from Headway Ireland by emailing or phoning 01 6040 800 within Ireland or 003531 6040 800 from outside Ireland.


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