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How to hold a licence if you have epilepsy


It is commonly assumed that if you have epilepsy, you cannot hold a driving licence. However, many people with epilepsy hold full UK driving licences, and enjoy all of the freedom and opportunities that driving brings. Learning to drive with epilepsy doesn’t have to be a difficult process – as long as you take the right steps and provide all appropriate information when asked.

Helping you to learn

First of all, does epilepsy impact the ability to drive? Here at Nayland Driving School, we are firm believers in helping people from all walks of life obtain their licences – including those with long team health conditions. We have taught many people with epilepsy to drive, providing them with any extra support they may need. It’s important that you tell your driving instructor that you have epilepsy before you begin your lessons, so that you are both as prepared as possible.

Applying for your licence

If you have epilepsy, applying for a driving licence means that you will need to provide a lot more information. Being able to obtain a provisional driving licence will depend on the type of seizures you have. You will not only have to meet the specific rules for your specific type of seizure, but you will also have to ensure that you:

  • follow your doctor’s advice about your treatment and attend check-ups for your epilepsy
  • are able to show that you are not likely to be a danger to the public as a driver

There is a lot of help and support out there, and you may find it helpful to reach out to other drivers with the condition to see how they navigated the process. At one point, they too will have asked themselves ‘can I learn to drive if I have epilepsy?’

If you have any questions for us regarding learning to drive with epilepsy, then please reach out to one of our advisors today.

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I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

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Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

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