Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. The most commonly affected joints are those in the hands, spine, knees and hips. The symptoms can include:
- joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
- inflammation in and around the joints
- restricted movement of the joints
- warm red skin over the affected joint
- weakness and muscle wasting
There are many different types of arthritis that affect people in different ways, this in turn will affect driving in different ways.
Mobility Centres can assess how your condition affects your driving, your comfort and position within the car and how to get in and out of the vehicle. If you use mobility aids or a wheelchair the Centres can advise you how to load your equipment in a vehicle. Some Centres can also assess and advise regarding wheelchairs and scooters.
If you require special controls you must inform the DVLA.
Versus Arthritis: Driving and arthritis (https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/living-with-arthritis/driving/)
RiDC: Motoring with arthritis (https://www.ridc.org.uk/features-reviews/guides/driving-disability/motoring-arthritis)