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Mr Pies

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6,249 posts

73 months

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Can a legal beard set the record straight please.
I'm having a little operation on my left wrist tomorrow. I will be in a cast (halfway up my forearm) for 2-3 weeks.

By law am I allowed to drive? I think not but a few people I work with seem to believe its fine.

Pontoneer

3,464 posts

72 months

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A person with only one arm can legally drive , so why not as long as you can control the car ?

Decky_Q

788 posts

63 months

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For insurance its fine unless its against medical advice or dangerous.

Ive driven with casts on and its grand for normal driving but can catch you out if something sudden happens, and your reactions are the same as if you didnt have the cast!

lgw

305 posts

96 months

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No reason why you can't, but if you had an accident and it was proved that the arm in plaster contributed to the accident you could be in something brown

I drove with a broken leg many years ago, I never had a cast on though as my leg was pinned back together

Edited by lgw on Monday 9th January 15:55

Mr Pies

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6,249 posts

73 months

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Ok chaps thanks. I'm still going to try and avoid driving as much as possible though.
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R0G

4,068 posts

41 months

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If not able to change gear etc without the good arm releasing the steering wheel then it is illegal

I am assuming that the bad arm would not be able to control the steering wheel

Plenty drive with one arm but in specially adapted vehicles




mph1977

7,790 posts

54 months

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Pontoneer said:
A person with only one arm can legally drive , so why not as long as you can control the car ?
after medical assessment and generally with some adaptations ( even if it's only an auto with trucker's rim knob)

the advice that is given by most hospitals is not to drive with a cast on as you are unlikely to be in full control of the car ( the exception to that would be a below knee cast on your left leg if you drove an auto normally)

scorcher

2,383 posts

120 months

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Check with your insurance Company. They might not cover you whilst you are in a cast.My missus couldn't drive for 9 weeks whilst she had her broken little finger in a splint as the insurance co. said she wouldn't be covered by them.

_rubinho_

991 posts

69 months

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mph1977 said:
trucker's rim knob
roflgetmecoat

Pcot

764 posts

68 months

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My wrist was in a cast in 2001, and the hospital advised me not to drive. I rang my insurance Co, who said i would not be covered if i had an accident.
H&S and all the rest of the legal bks, have got much more stringent since then, so i would advise against driving.


AlexiusG55

468 posts

42 months

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R0G said:
If not able to change gear etc without the good arm releasing the steering wheel then it is illegal

I am assuming that the bad arm would not be able to control the steering wheel

Plenty drive with one arm but in specially adapted vehicles
Surely any automatic would be fine assuming you can operate the turn signals (which I imagine you could even in a cast?).

Pontoneer

3,464 posts

72 months

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The one-armed chap I knew , who was a grocer in my home town , drove an automatic Volvo estate without any modifications . Besides being amazingly adept at loading and unloading boxes of stock in and out of the car , he ran his shop and played golf better than a lot of people with two arms !

Nigel Worc's

7,005 posts

74 months

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My honest advice would be to check with your medical team, if they're ok with it, inform your insurers, tell them your medical team are happy, and Bobs your uncle, you've notified everyone.

Then as long as you are happy, off you go.

If you're not happy, then don't until you are happy !

Mill Wheel

5,520 posts

82 months

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Having seen some people's driving recently, I don't see that a one armed man with blinkers on could be any worse!rolleyes

Ask the consultant/surgeon for advice!

paul81

14 posts

36 months

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I had the same injury in October. I was informed by the doctor and my insurance company as long as the cast is below the elbow it perfectly legal to drive.

Mr E

15,458 posts

145 months

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When I broke an elbow I rang the insurance company who stated "as long as you fell you're in full control, you can drive"

I chose not to.
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