Transportation Safety

  • Avoid driving a car unless you have a valid license and are not having seizures.
  • Always wear a seat belt and insist your passengers do, too.
  • If you can’t drive because of epilepsy, explore local “bus” services and public transportation options. Your city or state may offer discounts on transportation services, for people with a disability.
  • When riding a bicycle, wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.
  • Encourage others to do the same.
  • As much as possible, ride on side roads or bike paths.
  • Stand well back from the road when waiting for a bus and from the platform edge when taking the subway or train.
  • If you wander during a seizure, take a friend along when you travel.
  • If subway or other escalators or stairs are unusually steep, consider using elevators instead.
  • If you have frequent seizures, the safety of taking a taxi cab instead of public transportation may be worth the extra cost. Again, explore the transit options that may be available in your community.
  • If you’re going to be outside in extremely cold weather, go with a friend.

EFA “Tips for Living with Seizure Disorders”: Updated April 2002