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Driving lessons

Han_
Han_ Member Posts: 151 Pioneering
Hey, I'm new to this community. I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct section. I suffer from chronic pain and fatigue. I've been taking driving lessons on and off for over a year. I've been through 3 instructors already. I really feel I would benefit from an instructor who understands my health problems and can adapt the lessons to suit my needs. I'm located in London. Are there any driving schools anyone could recommend? Thank you! 

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  • jose2
    jose2 Member Posts: 126 Pioneering
    @jose2 - Hello Han, I was a Driving Instructor for a few years and I taught profoundly deaf,all with very good results,only suggestion I can give is to ring around or even your local Driving Examiners Centre and ask if they know of a driving instructor in your area that teaches and understands your health problems and  can adapt driving lessons to suit your needs. 
    Hope this helps
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Han_ there is a downloadable guide to driving when you are a disabled person here that you might like to look through.

    They say:
    There are many driving instructors with
    experience teaching disabled people. Some
    are just small independent businesses and
    others are attached to much larger driving
    organisations. It is best to use instructors
    who specialise in teaching disabled people
    because, as well as teaching driving skills,
    they know about driving with adapted
    vehicles, for example, the use of hand
    controls and how to get into a car from
    your wheelchair.


    If you need adaptations to drive, BSM (British
    School of Motoring) has some level 3 vehicles,
    which are fitted with push pull hand controls,
    indicator switch, steering ball and left foot
    accelerator options (for further information
    phone 0845 727 6276 or visit www.bsm.co.uk).


    The Forum of
    Mobility Centres is a network of 17
    independent organisations covering England,
    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who
    offer advice and assessments to individuals
    who have a medical condition or are
    recovering from an accident or injury which
    may affect their ability to drive, or to get
    into or out of a motor vehicle. You can attend
    whichever centre is the most convenient
    for you. For a small fee they can provide
    a personal assessment but the fee does
    vary from centre to centre. These centres
    can also help you to find an instructor.
    To find your nearest Mobility Centre, please
    visit: www.mobility-centres.org.uk/find_a_centre

     It could be that your instructor’s teaching
    style does not suit you and/or you may not get
    on. If this is the case it would be best to book
    another instructor. There are no rules about
    how many lessons you will need to pass your
    test; this depends on a wide range of factors.
    But you will get there in the end, so do not
    give up. 
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Han_
    Han_ Member Posts: 151 Pioneering

    jose2 said:

    @jose2 - Hello Han, I was a Driving Instructor for a few years and I taught profoundly deaf,all with very good results,only suggestion I can give is to ring around or even your local Driving Examiners Centre and ask if they know of a driving instructor in your area that teaches and understands your health problems and  can adapt driving lessons to suit your needs. 
    Hope this helps


    Thank you for your tips!
  • Han_
    Han_ Member Posts: 151 Pioneering
    @Sam_Scope thank you for the information
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    No problems, let us know how you get on!
    Scope
    Senior online community officer

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