Originally Posted by thedude58
From the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ontario:
The Highway Traffic Act requires that physicians report every individual 16 years of age or over attending upon the physician for medical services, who, in the opinion of the physician is suffering from a condition that may make it dangerous to operate a motor vehicle.
A report by a physician under the Highway Traffic Act will not automatically result in the suspension or downgrading of the patients licence. Upon receipt, the Ministry of Transportation will review information received in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act and national medical standards.
I was concerned about my license after my fall. The ER doc told me not to drive myself home from the ER (duh!) and told me not to ride horses for a week, but that was all.
I saw my old family doc a few days later and he did not express any concern about my ability to drive.
Then I saw my new family doc a month later and I asked him about driving and he said that if I'd be driving up until then with no problems he wasn't concerned.
When I went to the brain rehab center I was again concerned about my license (this was 5 months after my fall) as they also do the testing and re education for drivers, but there were no issues and I told them specifically that I had been driving since my fall.
In my experience, they seem to not report some things that maybe should be reported. My mother has some medical issues that many docs are well aware of that should stop her from driving, they have not been reported to the Ministry... for 5 years now.
In hindsight, I probably should not have been driving for at least a week or two right after my fall, it was exhausting and took all my energy to concentrate for short drives. But I'm the only driver in the house and others needed to get places, plus, I think my body and brain was just in shock and was trying to survive and go through the motions.
I didn't have any mishaps or near misses or anything scary happen, but I do live rurally and even the nearest "city" is small and not busy. I did not attempt to go to the bigger city for quite some time after.
Even today, we woke up to quite a bit of freezing rain and I was hesitant about driving in it before the salters were out... so my husband worked from home instead, thankfully he has that option on occasion. I just felt if it wasn't absolutely necessary, I didn't want to spend my energy having to focus that closely on the black ice and staying out of the ditch.
For me to lose my license would be a huge deal, living rurally and being the only driver. Devastating is the word.