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Driving and ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Driving shouldn’t be a problem if you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS), but there are a few points to bear in mind:

  • On a long journey, stop from time to time for 5 minutes and get out of the car for a stretch.
  • If your neck or back is very stiff, reversing into parking spaces may be difficult – special mirrors can be fitted to help with this. You should inform the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of your condition if you use fitted adaptations. 
  • If your neck is stiff it will be more prone to injury. Make sure your head rest is correctly adjusted and that you keep your head back against it.
  • If you can’t walk very far, you may be eligible for a Blue Badge, which entitles you to use disabled drivers’ parking spaces.

Your local council can give you information on the Blue Badge parking scheme. NASS can also provide guidance on this and about special mirrors.

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