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Dementia and driving

Driving requires coordination of the brain, eyes and muscles. Dementia can impair your memory, focus, judgement and eyesight which makes driving more challenging.

Dementia can affect driving ability in a number of ways, including:

  • finding your way around
  • remembering which way to turn
  • judging the distance from other cars and objects
  • judging the speed of other cars
  • your reaction time
  • your hand-eye coordination.

It's important you regularly speak to your doctor and ensure you remain able to drive safely. There will come a time when you'll no longer be able to drive.

The information below can help you understand the impact that dementia has on your ability to drive safely and help you determine when it's time to retire from driving.

Dementia and driving fact sheet

A factsheet on dementia and driving.

This video provides an overview of driving with dementia, alternative transport options and staying independent.

Driving and getting around

Find information about driver's licences and alternative transport options here.


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We would like to express our gratitude to all the healthy ageing advocates, including people living with dementia, older people, families, carers and health professionals, who contributed to the development of this portal. Thank you for sharing your stories and transferring your knowledge to make this portal purposeful and meaningful to support people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.