Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion: your guide to recovery

Driving & air travel after concussion


A brain injury can affect the skills needed to drive safely. It is unsafe to drive for at least 24 hours after your injury. You need to make sure your vision and concentration is good and your reactions are quick enough before you start driving again. Ask your doctor or health care provider about when you can start to drive again.

Some medications, including over-the-counter medications can also get in the way of driving skills. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about all your medications.

Just like you would with any other activity, go back to driving slowly and gradually. Start by driving short distances and avoid rush hour or driving in bad weather if you can.

If you are unable to drive, talk to your doctor or health care provider about other transportation options in your community.

Your doctor will tell you if they are worried about your driving or if you have a medical condition that can make it unsafe to drive. They will also tell the Ministry of Transportation because it is the law. They will also tell you what you need to do to get your license back. In some cases, you might get referred to a special driving centre for an assessment of your driving ability.

Air Travel/Flying

Some people find that flying makes their symptoms worse. To prevent problems, make sure you are well rested before going on a plane and sleep during the flight if you can. Bring earplugs to keep the noise down. This will help you sleep and relax.


Do not drive if you have problems seeing or moving or if you feel dizzy, tired or sleepy or if you have lost confidence in your driving. This can be dangerous not only for you as a driver, but also for your passengers and others on the road.

Air Travel

Check with your doctor before flying, especially if you have seizures, problems with your ears or if you had bleeding in the brain or a skull fracture.