Important info for autistic drivers!
Inform the vehicle licensing authority in your country
Please note that if you are a car driver that is on the autistic spectrum. You may need to inform the vehicle licensing authority in your country that you have a diagnosis.
Here in the UK it’s the DVLA. I checked on their website the other day, and Autistic Spectrum disorder is one of the conditions they need to be informed about. I called them and they are sending me out some medical forms to fill out. I think they will also be contacting my doctor to find out if they have advised me not to drive.
In the mean time, the DVLA advised me to continue to follow my doctors advice on whether I should drive or not.
Inform your car insurance company
I then called my car insurance company to tell them about my conversation with the DVLA. The insurance company also said I should follow my doctors advice on whether I should be driving, and to inform them on the DVLA’s decision.
I’m sure that I will be given the all clear to continue driving, but I just wanted to stress the importance to all of you autistic drivers, the importance of being open and honest with your insurance company and vehicle licensing authority in your country. In case of an accident, your insurance company may decide not to pay out if they find out you did not tell them about your autism.
Also the vehicle licensing authority will not be happy if you have been driving with an undisclosed medical condition.
Be careful out there.