Those that suffer from a chronic illness or a disability understand just how frustrating it can be when it holds you back from getting out and about. These illnesses and conditions can make working, socialising or even just popping to the shops problematic and especially if you do not have somebody that you can rely on to take you.

Driving with a Chronic Illness - Interior of Car with someone holding the steering wheel

Motoring with a Condition

Although it can be frustrating and upsetting, there are methods of coping. One of the most effective is to pass your driving test in an adapted vehicle – this will open up the world and make daily life much easier and more enjoyable. Recent adaptations to vehicles allow people with a wide range of chronic illnesses and medical disabilities to confidently and safely operate a vehicle. These adaptations can make controlling the car simple and straightforward, whilst there are also wheelchair accessible vehicles if you require the use of a wheelchair. These allow you to access the automobile and either ride safely as passenger or operate the car yourself.

Obtaining a License

You can learn to drive an adapted car and with a tutor that specialises in helping those with disabilities. If you have a driving license but have developed a chronic illness, you must inform the DVLA and you may have to temporarily surrender your license until you meet the medical standards for driving again. When it comes time to take the test, you must pass the same test that every other motorist takes. If you pass, you will only be licensed to drive a vehicle with that particular adaptation.


You might think that it would be difficult to obtain insurance due to the automobile being modified, but this is no longer the case. It is illegal for insurance companies to refuse coverage or charge higher premiums for those with a disability, plus there are a number of specialist insurers that can provide comprehensive and affordable coverage.


If you receive mobility allowance for your condition, you may be able to exchange this for a lease of a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter complete with insurance. This is the no longer the case is a fantastic program helps over 600,000 to travel independently with ease and lead their daily lives. Those with a chronic illness or disability who drive are also entitled to The Blue Badge Scheme. This helps disabled drivers to access parking, offers concessions and free parking in some places.

Driving with a Chronic Illness - Open Road lined by trees

A chronic illness or medical disability should not interfere with your daily life, but, unfortunately, often it does. Things are changing, however, and particularly when it comes to motoring. The amazing adaptations that can be made can help those with a wide range of conditions to get behind the wheel and this can provide an incredible sense of freedom and independence.

This is a collaborative post.