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Four hundred and thirty-eight stroke patients from a community register covering a period of 28 months were interviewed at one year post-stroke. Of 144 (34%) living at home who had been driving prior to their stroke, 82 (58%) did not resume post-stroke. Assessments of arm function, walking, functional ability and IQ showed ex-drivers to be significantly more disabled than drivers. Stopping driving was associated with a loss of social activities and with a higher frequency of depression amongst ex-drivers when compared with drivers. This was despite 79% of ex-drivers having easy access to alternative car transport. Extending mobility allowance to the 49 (60%) ex-drivers over 65 years old at the time of their stroke might ease their situation. More appropriate assessments would be needed to establish whether ex-drivers would benefit from retraining or car adaptations to enable them to return to driving.