One of the most common questions after hip, knee, or shoulder surgery is regarding driving. You can drive when you are safe and when it is safe for other drivers on the road. This may be as early as two days or as late as six to eight weeks depending on the surgery you have had. The important thing is to practice before getting out on the open road and be sure that you are safe getting from the break to the gas and vice versa. Also keep in mind that you cannot drive under the influence of pain medication. So it is important that you do not take your pain medication when driving.