Transport & Driving

Some people with some disabilities find it easier to learn to drive in an automatic.  You can try out driving using a simulation until you are more confident to go on the roads. You should start by learning off road like in an empty car park to get your confidence up. If you have a disability you must tell the DVLA otherwise you can face a £1000 fine. Typically you need to be 17 to learn to drive but if you get higher rate mobility of PIP or DLA you can start to learn a year earlier but not driving on the roads. There are many modifications that could help make driving easier and safer you should go to a mobility centre for an assessment to see how they can help get you driving. If you get higher rate mobility of PIP or DLA you can apply to Mobility a charity that can provide adapted cars (and other things) in exchange for some of your mobility disability benefit. There are driving instructors that specialise in different disabilities you may find they are more experience to help you develop strategies to get you driving.  If you get higher rate mobility part of PIP or DLA you can apply not to pay car tax. If you get extra time in exams for example due to Dyslexia you can get the same when you sit your theory test. These links should help get you driving. 

Find strategies that help you for example if you have Dyslexia you may like to put small  stickers to remind you of left and right. Everyone should build there confidence once starting driving on the road by focusing first on roads they are familiar with. It is better to have fewer distractions so have the radio off and fewer passengers. 

Driving a car with adaptions video from Attitude 

Driving an adapted car 

The experiences of passing his Driving test are recounted by the Autistic Genius as part of his many videos on daily life and experience 

Driving Mobility run a large number of assessment centres in the UK where you can have your practical driving needs assessed to see if driving can work for you and what adaptions if needed you may benefit from to make driving easier and safe and minimise the affect of any disability they are trained professional used to assessing disability in relation to disability and finding workable solutions https://www.drivingmobility.org.uk

Motability see www.motability.co.uk Government car and scooter scheme for those who get higher rate mobility element of PIP. They also do a Big Event at the NEC and smaller regional events where you can try out different cars adaptions and scooters 

Blue Badge disability parking from Bucks County Council https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/blue-badge/apply-for-or-renew-a-blue-badge You can get a blue badge if you get at least 8 points for PIP Mobility  or you can not walk more than 50 meters. You can also get a blue badge now for unseen disability like Autism when there is a need.

Government advice on different transport options and considerations that may be relevant if your disabled https://www.gov.uk/transport-disabled

Safe Driving for Life: Driving with a disability https://www.safedrivingforlife.info/driving-disability

Government advice driving with different health and disability conditions https://www.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions

Specialist disability driving instructors you can use if you wish see https://www.disabilitydrivinginstructors.com

Disabled Motoring https://www.disabledmotoring.org

Able Thrive has a large section on driving with a spinal cord injury, although American the site has lots of personal accounts of experiences and videos such as demostrating driving control possible options https://ablethrive.com/life-skills/driving 

Blue Badge Parking provides a map of all the known blue badge parking throughout the world www.bluebadgeparking.com

Disability Rights booklet ‘Doing Transport Differently’ exploring different ways to adapt and use transport with useful case studies https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/publications/doing-life-differently-series/doing-transport-differently

Disabled rail card a 1/3 discount on rail fairs if you have a disability https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk

National Express Disability coach card coach travel 1/3 off coach travel for those with a Disabled coach card https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/offers/coachcards/disabled

Disabled Persons free bus pass to qualify you must be:  

  • Blind or partially sighted
  • Profoundly or severely deaf
  • Without speech
  • Have a disability or have an injury which has substantial and long-term effect on your ability to walk.
  • Do not have arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms.
  • Have a learning disability

Please see https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/buses-and-trains/apply-for-or-renew-a-disabled-persons-bus-pass

RiDC Research Institute for Disabled Consumers They research consumer products for disabled people including but not limited to mobility products like scooters,wheelchairs, and cars. Includes research, user reviews to make informed recommendations on products for independent life. They help business's understand the market and improve products and voice issues of consumers www.ridc.org.uk   

RiDc a look at accessibility public transport https://www.ridc.org.uk/content/accessible-public-transport

Apps like Google Maps can help you with transport planning and walking between two places and are quite simple to use. While apps like UK Bus checker or Live train times give live updates so you know when the bus is coming and where it is in real time. Family locator apps like LIFE 360allow you to track the location of family members for example if someone is not used to using public transport and may be lost. Charities like Talk Back offer travel training for those with learning difficulties and autism if needed.   

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