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Legal to Drive with an Aircast?

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Legal to Drive with an Aircast?

Hey guys,

About 2 1/2 weeks ago I broke my right ankle. It was a clean break but as a precaution Ive had a full cast for 3 weeks before moving to an aircast. Now ive googled the hell out of this an I just can't find an answer... Is it legal to drive a car with an aircast on your RIGHT leg?

I Just want to know as my university is only a ~10 minute drive however the nearest bus stop from my house is probably a 10 minute walk. To be honest I've never ridden public transit lol - so 99% likelihood is I'll never make it to school.

I can borrow my mothers automatic car (I drive stick) so I could just use my left feet (?).

Thanks for your help.
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Have you talked to your Doctor?

What did he/she say? I'm guessing, No..

If you feel you can drive without affecting your safety and health..then do it.

Check to see how your reactions are in terms of emergency reactions, such as Hard Braking ect.. If you have drastically slower reaction times due too pain or whatever, this could be also be dangerous for other road users.. :-0

Don't hit my car you cast wearing b*stard! :lol:

*sitting at redlight, with x-ray goggles on ;) .. watches..in rear-view mirror..cast wearing b*stard crest over the steep hill and fly down like a bat out of hell!.. see's cringing on CWB's face.. in what will be assumed too be, brake enraged panic!.. I hit the gas too avoid CWB's.. Corolla Rocket Ship!..and get T-Boned by a MILK truck!..THE END* :lol:
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Lol I would obviously get driven to a parking lot to "test" my abilities first
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And I'm going to talk to my doctor when I get the aircast on (jan 7)
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Let us know what the doctor says. We are all curious.
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Get a ride to/from school from your parents/siblings/friends? Taxi?
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What RFD can do for you?

If you drive dangerously I hope you get caught and lose your license/car/dignity! :twisted: :twisted:
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JAGpilot wrote:
Dec 28th, 2010 10:15 pm
Get a ride to/from school from your parents/siblings/friends? Taxi?

I live at a shared home (no parents), and I don't trust my friends with my car (and all of them are car-less). I'd troop it to the bus in preference to the taxi (don't like them and I get the bus for free).
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Take the air cast off while driving?
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If someone crashes into you, and sees you have an aircast, who do you think will be at fault?

Worse, if a pedestrian steps out in front of you, do you think insurance will pay the $1 mil liability for someone driving with their left foot?

Drive at your own risk
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In case anyone wants to know the answer to this in the future I'll just tell you what my doctor has told me.

When you have an aircast you will use 2 crutches with it. After a set period of time, determined by your doctor, you will be weaned down to 1 crutch, and then no crutches. At this point you can get someone to drive you to a parking lot, or somewhere not on the public road (just like a place to practice). You take off your aircast to drive (but obviously put it back on when you get to your destination). In this parking lot, after taking the wheel for a bit and if you feel that you are safe to drive, then have a friend throw something in front of your car (just like an obstacle, so obviously not something you'll break - I just used an old bag with some rags in it. If you can break without delay (hopefully braking before the obstacle), then you can go to the roads but only if YOU feel that you are able to safely stop/drive (stopping is key :P).

I weaned myself off of crutches 2 days ago, so yesterday I took at turn at driving and I have NO issues, went for a little ride on public roads after - 100% safe :D .


Just remember - when you are "able" to drive is going to be up to your discretion. Do NOT be premature as quite simply you'll be a danger to others and technically illegal.
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Good to hear you were able to comfortably drive. Was also curious of the legality. I was in a similar situation as I completely tore my right Achilles tendon a few years ago. About a week and a half after surgery (and going back to the office), I spent the next 6 weeks in a plaster cast/fiberglass cast (4 weeks total with crutches) and walking boot (2 weeks)...and was driving all that time (even went for a test drive while I still had crutches and the fiberglass cast - automatic, of course). Depends on how comfortable one is with left foot braking...which can be worked on with a lot of go-karting. Hopefully your ankle is healing well.
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I had right ankle casts (plaster of Paris, fiberglas, and Air Walkers), for about a year. I was not allowed to drive, so I had to go through slushy conditions to get to the bus, and each cast got dirty or failed to work. The Air Walker was the least effective, but a fiberglas cast and two screws in the ankle finally worked.
I considered driving (against Dr.'s orders) but it was too difficult with a manual transmission. Those casts are just too bulky.
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Doctors, upon treating you, must fill out a form and submit it if you are deemed unsafe to drive due to a medical condition.

(I work at a hospital - see them on charts all the time)

Otherwise, technically it is legal.
But you must be able to maintain full control of a vehicle at all times, and be able to demonstrate that, should a police officer question it.

This by no means constitutes official legal advice :p
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