People with arthritis diseases are at higher risk for car crashes. When operating a motor vehicle these drivers may experience pain, fatigue, decreased mobility, joint stiffness and decreased reaction time. Because of arthritis, they may have problems with seating for long periods, getting in and out of the car and doing a shoulder check while backing up or changing lane.
A new National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Drivers with Arthritis has been launched as a guiding document for teams interested in advancing research, training curricula, practices and policies to support drivers with arthritis. This blueprint is directed towards the health and wellness needs of the over 4.6 million Canadians diagnosed with arthritis who want to maintain their occupation of driving.