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Posted on behalf of theresa843

i was just wondering if anyone could tell me how they work out how long u cant drive for? .dont no if im posting this in the write place as when it comes to the laptop im no good thanks

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Sorry Karen i cant really help i was only learning at the time and i was told to wait the year out before i could learn again

Donna

not sure if im allowed to put this in but this should give u some info

http://www.stroke.org.uk/search_clicks.rm?id=2584&destinationtype=1&instanceid=300934

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I was told that if you were coiled it was a year before you could drive again but I know some have driven before that.

My licence wasn't actually ever revoked byt the DVLA as I was clipped & they said I could drive until they decided otherwise. I just didn't feel happy driving unless they felt I was 100%capable & in the end it was almost 6 months before my licence was fully restored.

Each persons medical situation is so different you can't g ive a blanket length of time for each different sah. for me it was my eye that was the problem & for the first few months possibly if I had any fits or absences which might stop me from driving. The DVLA's own guidelines are so vague, for clipping it says 'on recovery' which is so different for everyone.

Sorry it's just not a precise thing with the DVLA

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Keith B, also wrote a very good article on our home page titled "Driving after a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage" .... Click on the following link to view: http://www.behindthegray.net/vbulletin/content.php?174-Driving-After-a-Subarachnoid-Haemorrhage You will need to run/hovver your Mouse over the blue type in that article, to access the links.

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I was coiled and was told it would possibly be about 6 months before I could drive again, but I had my licence back after 2 months!

It took a few practices with my mum in the car with me for me to feel ok driving again.

x

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I was coiled and submitted my licence in September and got all the all clear to drive again in the December - got straight in the car and drove around the estate for a bit to get my confidence back up.

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Hi All

I was told not to drive after coiling and to inform DVLA but after about two to three months I saw my GP and he told me I could drive after conducting a number of tests. He also told me the DVLA could overrule him.

Some weeks later I had a letter from DVLA Medical Dept informing me I could retain my full driving licence but must inform them if I suffer any further brain damage, blackouts, seizures etc., fortunately I'm still driving so there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule ojher than you MUST notify the DVLA.

Cheers

John

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That's good advice Gary!

I sent mine back last November (as photo was due for 10yr re-newal). I had to declare the brain ops on the application form, I only got it back at the end of March!!! Now I'm waiting to see if I have to surrender it again after having an epilepsy test (which was clear).

I have written to DVLA but I'll keep my shiny new licence here unless they ask for it back;-)

Michelle

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I did actually sendmy licence in with the declaration form. once I was cleared to drive again I just told them I had surrendered it & they issued me with a new one no problem. They issued both the card & the paper although I had only sent them the paper part.

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I was told by my Consultant that i had to surrender my licence , which i did. I could not drive for 2 years until i passed my vision tests, as i had double vision and my peripheral vision was not good on my right eye. Once i had the all clear i then contact DVLA and it took nearly 4 months, as they write to your Consultant and eye specialist etc !! I had to chase all parties, drove me mad lol....excuse the pun! I did get it back...i am very lucky.

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I had no coiling or clipping and was told not to drive for 4 weeks. I'm in Canada, and I'm not sure what our regulations are but when I got double vision vision after returning to work too soon I chose not to drive. Driving after 8 weeks was too soon and I was making mistakes. Twice, driving to work early in the morning in the dark I was following another car and when they stopped at a red light I stopped behind them. The only problem was they weren't at a red light. They had parked!!!!! And I followed in behind. Only realized it when I began wondering why it was such a long red light. Twice! :crazy:

I still self monitor and the last couple of weeks have been fine but if I'm really dizzy or my vision is too blurry I'll not drive or I'll have a cup of tea and a rest before I carry on.

Sandi K.

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DVLA contacted my consultant, were happy with what he told them and let me drive after about 8 weeks.

Important thing to remeber is to tell your insurance company as well, because if you have an accident and they weren't aware of your SAH then they can refuse to pay out

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Posted on behalf of theresa843

i was just wondering if anyone could tell me how they work out how long u cant drive for? .dont no if im posting this in the write place as when it comes to the laptop im no good thanks

I was told by the Drs at the hospital that it was up to the DVLA when you can drive as it depends on your personal circumstances. I filled out the medical forms as soon as i left hospital and had a letter back quite quickly saying i could drive until they made a decision!

I waited about 3 months after coiling, when i felt ready, & took someone with me the first few times. I slowly built up the distance (not that i go far!) & won't drive at night because i only have vision in one eye as a result of the coiling, but may in future after lots of practice.

I believe you have to inform the DVLA and they'll let you know, and don't forget to let your insurance company know. Didn't make any difference to my premium, but if you don't tell them i think you might have difficulty making claims (don't quote me on any of this though because i'm no expert!) x

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