Learning how to drive, for many, is a significant milestone as well as a major life skill. As of 2019, 74% of people in England hold a full driving licence.
This can be an exciting decision to make for some, yet intimidating for others. The same of course applies to people with dyspraxia.
Having this skill brings about plenty of perks that help other life areas:
Some aspects of dyspraxia can make typical daily activities harder, so it need not come as a surprise to think about how they could impact driving too.
If you are dyspraxic there may just be a few more factors to bear in mind before you embark on your own learning journey.
No, you do not need to notify the DVLA.
However, if you feel that something could directly affect your ability to drive safely, then it is a sensible idea to let them know.
It is also recommended to disclose your dyspraxia to your driving instructor at the start. Together you can come up with the best route to navigate any needs, questions or concerns you may have (to make the ride just that bit easier).
Dyspraxia is a specific learning difference that typically affects:
Driving a car calls on you to focus on the road while keeping your feet on the pedal and your hand on the gear stick. That’s a lot of coordinating to do at once.
It also relies on being able to judge…
Following the directions of a sat nav or a map could get frustrating for someone who tends to get their Left and Right mixed up.
Again, this is a lot of multi-tasking to do while looking out for road hazards and planning ahead.
So what can you do?
Driving is one of those skills that you’ll (most likely) only learn the basics of once. Every time that you get behind the wheel you continue to develop the learning.
Figuring out how to drive with dyspraxia might seem challenging at the start, but is very much possible with patience, preparation and dedication.