Class E: complete bed rest
Neurological disorders constitute dangers to drivers because there exists the risk that an alteration of consciousness may occur. Neurological conditions commonly reviewed by MAB include transient cerebral ischemic attacks, cerebrovascular accident, convulsive diorders, movement disorders, narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleeping, and peripheral neuropathy.
Evaluation of psychiatric disorders as they relate to the driving task is challenging because of the wide variety of disturbances, treatments and degrees of severity. The degree of symptom control and any existing side effects from prescribed medication should be considered.
Alcohol Induced Problems
Alcohol abuse associated with driving a motor vehicle has proven to be one of the greatest hazards to the motoring public.
Drug Induced Problems
In addition to considering the effects of prescription drugs, attention must also be focused upon abuse of non-prescription drugs.
The severity of the disease and accompanying symptoms may dictate the advisability of restriction or denial of the driving privilege. Metabolic conditions commonly reviewed by MAB include chronic renal failure and diabetes mellitus.
Skeletal integrity, joint mobility and muscle strength and coordination are prerequisites for competent management of motor vehicles. The nature of the dysfunction determines the necessity of vehicle or driver adaptive devices. With a driver proficiency test the functional capacity of impaired musculoskeletal performance can be determined.
Many eye diseases may allow the applicant to meet the required functional visual qualifications for the private auto. Conditions which are potentially progressive may require periodic reevaluation at the discretion of the Medical Advisory Board.
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