Arthritis: My seatbelt is driving me crazy

I have wear-and-tear arthritis in the neck; not surprising, as I am in my seventh decade. The problem is bad when I drive long distances, and I feel it is made worse by the seatbelt. Can I get a medical exemption from wearing a seatbelt?

Dr Fred Kavalier answers your health question:

Yes, it is possible; there is a form doctors can sign. These are rarely used, because the risks of not wearing a seatbelt usually outweigh the benefits. It should be possible to adjust the belt up or down so it does not impinge on neck problems. Raise the seat, or use a cushion. An occupational therapist could help. Also, seek advice from the Mobility Advice & Vehicle Information Service (Mavis): www.dft.gov.uk/access/mavis; 01344 661 000

Please mail your questions for Dr Fred to health@independent.co.uk. He regrets that he is unable to respond personally to questions.

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