When an individual suffers from vertigo, her or she may experience a spinning sensation, which is usually a result of a balance issue. According to the Neurology Channel website, vertigo is a symptom, not a disease. Feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness and faintness are also commonly associated with vertigo. The National Institute of Health estimates that approximately 40% of people in the U.S. suffer from vertigo.
For someone who experiences vertigo on a regular basis, driving can be tricky, difficult and dangerous. Below are some helpful tips on how to drive with vertigo!
- If the vertigo is a short-term complication of medication or a temporary illness, it is best that the individual stop driving all together until the vertigo is no longer occurring. For someone who is suffering from a long-term, such as Meniere’s disease, where vertigo is a common occurrence, driving should be limited to two hours or less. However, the individual may receive other guidelines from their health care physician and should follow a physician’s guideline when to comes to the length of time that is recommended for driving. It is also more common to experience vertigo and dizziness while driving at night. Avoid driving during nighttime hours if experiencing dizziness and vertigo more at night.
- Stay well rested before getting behind the wheel of a car. Sleep deprivation is the number one cause of dizziness and vertigo. If vertigo is already a problem, being tired or sleeping may add to it and make symptoms worse. Vision problems are also to blame for many vertigo problems while driving and concentrating. Have your vision checked if you haven’t recently done so. Staying up-to-date on your vision needs is extremely important for avoiding problems while driving.
- It is recommended that you turn on your headlights during the pre-dawn and dusk hours when driving. If needed, wear prescription lenses while driving. An anti-reflection coating can be ordered for clear lenses and may help reduce glare during driving times. Turn your head from the side of the road to the road ahead of you in order to hold driving concentration. Wear sunglasses when driving during the daytime hours, even if the sun is not out and especially on bright winter days.
Above are some tips for how to drive with vertigo. If you do have vertigo and still drive, make sure you feel okay and are well rested before you get behind the wheel. Take all possible precautions before driving with vertigo to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you!