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  • Driving with TS

    Does anyones TS affect there driving, or stop them from driving? I know it s persons personal choice to drive with it or not. When i drive the tic that bothers me the most is my eye blinking, because sometimes i hold my eyes shut never safe while driving lol. But its never stopped me, i try to hold them back as best as i can while im driving. Sometimes i dont feel safe with driving but i do fine with it. I try to wait till im at a stop sign or a red light to get them out, then have the people in the car next 2 me staring lol. Does anyone else have driving issues?


    Jessica

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    Re: Driving with TS

    Having TS could impact your driving if you are not at a point where you can manage the tics or urges. The reason driving is an area where you need to suppress or self-manage is because of it being a dangerous place should you allow your every urge express it-self. Imagine what would happen if you felt the urge to swing the steering wheel to the right while driving on a straight road... but you can't! and I'm sure you won't. Over time you will increase your confidence level with driving and not worry so much. You have already demonstrated your level of responsibility through suppressing till a light which is a great strategy.

    You will be fine however if you continue to feel anxiety or stress when driving you may want to talk to your doctor.
    Janet

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    • #3
      Re: Driving with TS

      I think a lot of it has to do with self-awareness. I tic when I drive....that's how one of my friends found out I had TS....he was driving behind me and thought I was having a seizure so he followed just to make sure I was OK. Anyways...it depends on the type of day I am having and how my tics are....If I'm ticcing alot, I leave extra room between cars to give myself more reaction time if I'm blinking or head twitching. Other days when the tics aren't bad, I can tailgate like the best of them...lol.

      It's all being comfortable and aware of your capabilities and limitations and adjusting for them.

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      • #4
        Re: Driving with TS

        Jessica are you new to the roads?

        You could possibly try sticking to regular routes to help with anxiety. It might help.

        Find other options to getting around on bad days or after lack of sleep.

        Janet is right about approaching your physician. A OT could help you better manage your personal awareness & possible some redirecting skills.

        I know in my daughter's case as a new driver without TS she is such a bundle of nerves I'd feel more comfortable four car lengths back..LOL But like anyone she needs to experience to build confidence.

        In time you will find the balance. Anything new adds stress/anxiety for my son but in time he does not respond the same way as the experience is no longer new. Hard to express but simple.

        Take care and keep us posted.
        PJK

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        • #5
          Re: Driving with TS

          The only thing that ever gets in the way with driving for me is my blinking, which impairs my vision at its worst. This doesn't happen all that often, though, but when it does the solution is just to wait it out.

          If a tic is interfering with your driving, don't drive. Get someone else to give you a lift, take a bus, whatever. Always better to err on the side of caution -- (and we don't want the insurance people to up our premiums! :P Being a guy under 25, mine is high enough as it is!)

          For me, though, driving usually calms me down more than anything.
          Colin

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          • #6
            Re: Driving with TS

            Last semester I had a motor tic while driving that forced me off the road and into a bush. I manage my tics more with medication now so that its at a point where I can control them or simply redirect the motor tic into one of my hands which isn't gripping the wheel. Usually I drive with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the gear stick, so that when I have to tic, I can simply release my hand on the gear stick and redirect all tics to my hand.
            TS and Chorn's disease, two diseases triggered by stress. Why am I going into special education one of the most stressful professions out there?

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            • #7
              Re: Driving with TS

              Originally posted by PoeticMind View Post
              I try to wait till im at a stop sign or a red light to get them out, then have the people in the car next 2 me staring lol. Does anyone else have driving issues?


              Jessica
              Wow, I do that too! Great minds think alike, I guess.

              I've been pretty fortunate not to have any serious issues. If I feel unsafe, I'll just pull over to the side or into the nearest parking lot or driveway and let myself tic until I'm ready to go again.

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              • #8
                Re: Driving with TS

                I've only got TS mildly(thankfully) but am I bit concerned about it should my arm/hand/leg decide to jump while I'm riding the scooter. It's on a 50cc but I think it would still hurt as much to hit the ground.

                While I'm riding, I don't really experience anything which might be because I have always found driving/riding what grounds me.

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                • #9
                  Re: Driving with TS

                  Originally posted by PoeticMind View Post
                  Does anyones TS affect there driving, or stop them from driving? I know it s persons personal choice to drive with it or not. When i drive the tic that bothers me the most is my eye blinking, because sometimes i hold my eyes shut never safe while driving lol. But its never stopped me, i try to hold them back as best as i can while im driving. Sometimes i dont feel safe with driving but i do fine with it. I try to wait till im at a stop sign or a red light to get them out, then have the people in the car next 2 me staring lol. Does anyone else have driving issues?


                  Jessica
                  Wow, and I naively thought I was the only one having this problem, reading your post is amazing, I think you read my mind! (and that can be a scary place

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                  • #10
                    Re: Driving with TS

                    Driving is a question on my mind too. I'm just going through diagnosis and have had a recent tic flare up. I find I tic less when driving but it happens.

                    Is this something I should let my boss know? I am hoping that with finishing my undergrad degree, my tics will decrease and I won't have too much of a problem this summer. But I will be one of the main drivers of the work truck. (I am working as a field technician doing biology research.)

                    Right now I do not drive much because I bus everywhere in the city. I want my supervisor to know about this issue (so that he knows that I need to maybe pull over more often to take a break) but I don't want to cause greater concern than necessary about driving (the place I work for is quite concerned about reducing liability.)

                    Any suggestions on this will be much appreciated.

                    Thanks, Northstar

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                    • #11
                      Re: Driving with TS

                      I think its a bit of a catch 22 here. Only you know how bad or not your TS is and how it impacts your driving. If part of your occupation IS indeed driving, I would imagine from a liability standpoint your boss would have really no choice than to preclude you from driving. Why? Because once you tell him, according to US tort/negligence law, he is "on notice" and thus his failing to take action to eliminate your driving even if he felt the risk was minor would open him up to a serious lawsuit (is there any other kind?) if you were in an accident. From a strict agency definition, he may still be liable even if he dosnt know about your condition. I havnt practiced this area of law in years, and you probably want to really consult an attorney, but I'm thinking he would probably tell you the same thing. You yourself may also face greater liability driving depending on how severe the tics are, I understand the whole argument being someone with TS and also a driver, its really a no win situation of you want to drive, and your symptoms are too severe. I try to limit my driving, or have my wife drive when we go out, my tics are not that bad during driving, but I just exercise more caution, however, they still can at times be bad during driving, its almost like playing russian routlette, literally. If your on any type of meds, those also will contain a laundry list of warnings about six feet long as to the possible adverse effects of the drugs and driving, so you yourself would be on notice re the meds and their side effects. Wish I could be more helpful, in the end, it really depends upon how severe your tics are and how they impact your driving. Im certian telling your boss would be the right thing to do, you may lose your job as a driver, however, it certainly in my mind seems the reasonable thing to do.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Driving with TS

                        Hi, Scott,

                        Thanks for the reply. So far I have had no problems with driving even though I was learning when the tics really started in my late teens. I seem to have hieghtened concentration while I drive. Right now I am driving with my husband but avoiding rush hour traffic (and times when I am really tired) to assure myself that I can drive OK. I would not be worried about this accept that I have had an increase in tics and want to be sure I can control while I drive. I have a month before work starts and I know there are other people who can drive. So, if things get worse, I'll deal with it by telling my boss. If things get better (as I hope they will once the stress of finishing school is over), I won't have too much to worry about. The other thing is that any driving for work that I do have to do will be mainly on back roads--so not much oncoming to worry about. But I assure you, I will be careful!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Driving with TS

                          As the login name indicates, I drive a bus. I've been a professional driver for the past 35 years and my TS has NEVER adversely affected my driving. In fact, I think it has enhanced my abilities as a driver. I am usually super focused when I drive, always watching for developing situations and being mindful of having a safe way out of possible bad situations. I can usually incorporate my tics into my driving; head turning - checking mirrors and blind spots; shoulder shrugging, upper body movements and eye rubbing - using my time at a red light constructively!!! You get the picture...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Driving with TS

                            I probably have one of the worst not if the worst version of Tourettes among people here and I have bumped into a car twice because of damn tourettes. I have to shut my eyes with force for some time but that's not what got me. I was driving and I was flexing my arms (one of my conditions) and I also have to look at it while im flexing...... and wham. but I have never done any damage, it was slight bump. T_T

                            now here is a question ... only answer if you have real tourettes pls, not twitches or blinks or hums or little noises (thats not tourettes, its life)

                            Who here who has serious condition of motor and phonic tics drive on highway? What's it like =D ?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Driving with TS

                              I have urges sometimes to swing the wheel left or right, but only actually swing it a half inch or so. I've never swerved or caused an accident--if I did, I'd be offering up my liscense! Also, when I'm on an off or on ramp to the highway--you know, one of those long curves--I sometimes have the urge to stay in the curve, even when it finally straightens out--that is, to keep turning when I need to straighten out!

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