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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Why I drive with Parkinson's Disease

People are surprised to learn I drive. I was, and still think I am, a good driver. As soon as I got my license at age 16, my parents handed me the keys every time we went anywhere. I was the only non-employee allowed to drive my husband's company car. I have driven everything from a very tiny car to a 34-foot motor home, automatic transmissions and stick shifts, and I've towed boats, campers and big 5th wheels. I have never been in an accident and never get tickets. I am the annoying person who uses turn-signals and drives the speed limit.
Yes, I am really driving it, not just posing!

There are other reasons I drive:

1. I don't like to ride and if I close my eyes in a car, I get car-sick (so, no sleeping for me).

2. It is easier for me to get in and out of the driver's seat, because my left leg works better than the right one. I guess I won't be driving in those countries where you sit on the right side of the car (looks like England and Australia are spared).

YumaBev driving big car

3. I have an exceptional sense of where I am and where I need to get to. I can usually just glance at a map and then find my way there. I joke that I came with MapQuest installed in my brain.

Yuma Bev driving truck with camper on back

Now, if my Wonderful Husband also liked to drive, we'd have a problem, but unless it's a convertible with the top down, he'd rather be a passenger, so we're good for now. I have driven in 49 of our 50 states and most of the lower Canadian Provinces. I did, actually, have my hands on the tiller of a cruise ship in Alaska, but the Captain wouldn't let me drive it.

PS  There is a good reason there aren't many photos of me driving, I am the "candid photo taker" in our family and I can't take pictures of myself driving.

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from Amazon or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. I still drive,walk ride a bike three miles a day,I go to the gym for one hour a day, God has a hand in it! Cynthia

  2. Great story Bev and a great way of telling it. I am going to look for your book, I would love to read more of it. Tim

  3. Keep on Trucking! Has been my unofficial motto since I was diagnosed. I have a similar issue with being a passenger also.
    By the way, I love the dually camper rig!! You rock Bev!!

  4. I also still drive, but I don't mind my wife driving. Ted

  5. My husband has just handed over his drivers license to the DVLA as he has lost his confidence to drive anymore as he was forgetting things like which lane he should be in etc

  6. I am getting uneasy driving because my right foot jumps on the gas pedal and my right hand twitches too. So far it hasn't caused problems but it seems to be getting worse. I have given up trips which is very hard but still run around town in my little Versa. Not ready to be housebound completely. Sandy

  7. You are blessed if you still drive after 20 Year’s of Parkinson’s my husband freezes in place and cannot raise his foot to put on the break - he recognized 5+years ago that it would be dangerous for him to keep driving. Barbara