Hello all. I am 4-1/2 years into a PD diagnosis, still probably Stage 1, and I have a few questions regarding driving for the PD veterans (at least 5 years since diagnosis) on this forum.
Currently, I do the vast majority of the driving between my wife and I. She is 5 years younger, with no health issues, but I just prefer to do the driving if we go out. Even trips, such as the 8 hours on the road to Savannah, or to the mountains, etc. I even drive when we go out at night to restaurants, bars, or parties. She also prefers that I drive.
I say this because I have no driving issues yet, even tho I'm taking sinemet for tremor and some stiffness. I'm 62 and never had an accident, and consider myself a damn good driver.
Anyway, my question is this:
1. When you realized you finally had to quit driving, was it a sudden thing, or did it kinda creep up on you over a long period of time?
2. Who has been driving for 10 years or more with a PD diagnosis?
I have a 2012 Lexus, which I really love. I'm trying to decide whether to just keep this car for as long as I am able to drive, or trade it in on a new car. I hate to trade a nice, paid off car, for a new one if 2 years from now I am not able to even drive....that would be a big waste of money. But if I am possibly able to drive for another 5 or so years, then it might be worth it. Before anyone asks, my wife has her own brand new car, so she doesn't really enter into the equation.
Thanks for any advice or info you all can give me. Bob