Are OA patients safe to drive?: study

Drivers with osteoarthritis may be at an increased risk of becoming involved in a collision, a study suggests. 

Using a brake simulator within a ‘middle-class’ Volkswagen German researchers assessed the breaking ability of 72 patients with OA of either the knee or hip to perform an emergency stop.

Drivers with OA of either knee had a total braking distance of 3.7 metres compared to 3.3 metres in healthy controls, the researchers found.

“This could represent the difference between a collision and the ability to stop in time,” they wrote in BMC