Tips for driv­ers with dys­praxia

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

DRIV­ERS with con­di­tions such as dys­praxia, which af­fects hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, short-term mem­ory and spa­tial aware­ness, of­ten travel not notic­ing their con­di­tion and find it more chal­leng­ing us­ing the road than oth­ers.

Some are even un­aware that they are suf­fer­ing from a co­or­di­na­tion dis­or­der.

This week’s tips give ad­vice on driv­ing with dys­praxia, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards Richard Glad­man.

Try driv­ing in an au­to­matic car.

Less co-or­di­na­tion is needed in an au­to­matic and there is less to worry and think about.

Plan a jour­ney for suc­cess. Write down the di­rec­tions to your des­ti­na­tion and clip them to the dash­board.

Take a break. If you are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate, plan your jour­ney well in ad­vance so that you know where you can have fre­quent stops.

If you have map read­ing prob­lems, re­verse maps can help and/or com­puter nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems.

Get a check-up. If you feel like you are or have been suf­fer­ing from some of the symp­toms book an ap­point­ment with you doc­tor or GP. A health check for you is like an MOT for your car.

For more in­for­ma­tion about dys­praxia, the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ments avail­able and sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, as well as ad­vice for pro­fes­sion­als, con­tact the Dys­praxia Foun­da­tion web­site or call its helpline on 01462 454986.

Richard said: “You don’t have to no­tify the DVLA if you have dys­praxia but we would rec­om­mend that you talk with spe­cial­ist char­i­ties and mo­bil­ity cen­tres who can help en­sure your driv­ing ca­reer is as safe as pos­si­ble.

With the right ad­vice, a few prac­ti­cal ad­just­ments and lots of prac­tice you can look for­ward to en­joy­ing the free­dom of the road.”

Dys­praxia can make driv­ing a chal­lenge that needs some plan­ning

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