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    I everyone.
    Can anyone tell me the reason behind not driving until you can do an emergency stop. I.e. is it because of the seatbelt on your wounds or another reason


    It’s possibly a combination of seatbelt burns, airbag deployment and instinctively pulling in your stomach muscles in an impact situation.

    I had a near fatal car accident 17 years ago (the cause of most of my weight gain) and was badly hurt by the seatbelt. I got burnt and it dislocated my shoulder. Probably saved my life though.

    So, I waited for 4 weeks until I drove any further than the supermarket after my surgery (I had open bypass with gall bladder removed too though)

    Check with your GP is the best thing to do 😉

    Doodah x


    I have no pain , my wounds are healed, (laparoscopic). And the advice from the hosp literature is that when you can do an emergency stop you can drive, but they didn’t tell you why?


    Phone the hospital/your team and ask them. It may be obvious but I just took it as read!

    Blue Staffy

    It because in an emergency stop it’s the force of the forward motion that could do damage to your in sides as they take a lot longer to heal than your wounds but having said that my team said when I felt ready so if you feel you could drive take your car out to a quite place ie: let someone drive you there and do some braking start off slow and work your way up to the emergency stop then you will know if you are ready.
    Regards Mark

    Mark (Blue Staffy)


    Great post Mark. Thanks for sharing that x

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