Learning to drive a car can be stressful enough for young learner drivers. But imagine having to learn how to drive with a disability or after an accident that has left you physically impaired. Put simply, it’s not a simple task.
Thankfully, there is plenty of support available to those who may need to pass a disability driving exam. Matthew Ward is from Modified Driving Solutions, which is a business that offers disability driving assessments and any support that can help people get a modified license. Here are several tips he shared with us on how to pass a disability driving assessment.
Don’t get nervous
It’s easier said then done. We all get nervous, no matter how confident we are about something. However, the point is to treat the examination like any other test. Your instructor will be aware of your disability and won’t rush you in anyway.
If you feel unsafe at any stage, just inform your instructor. You don’t have to finish the examination just because you have started it. Clear your mind and remain calm – back yourself and your abilities.
Clear out your schedule for the day
There’s no point adding any unnecessary stress or responsibilities to the day. Driving with a disability is hard so try to keep everything simple for the test day. A standard modified driving assessment consists of two components: the off-road and on-road examination. Generally, the instructor or occupational therapist will meet you at your home, where the test can begin.
Unlike a regular P1 license assessment, a modified assessment can take up to three hours to complete. So, to be safe, clear out your schedule after the test, just in case it goes overtime.
Be honest before you get in the car
It’s important to be totally honest and upfront with your instructor before you get behind the wheel. Whilst they’ll have access to all your medical information regarding the limitations of your disability, they will still ask you questions about your disability and your general wellbeing.
The fact of the matter is that operating a vehicle can be dangerous and fatal, especially if driven by someone who is not fit to be behind the wheel. The consequences could be severe. So, just be honest about all your medical information and everything will sort itself out.
Take your time
Always remember to take your time. The test will always take place in your local area, so you don’t have to worry about unfamiliar environments. There is no point rushing the exam, just to try and get it done and out of the way. If you want to give yourself the best chance of passing the test, you need to be relaxed and careful.
Rushing the test could result in you making errors, ultimately costing you a chance at your license. Instead, take a few deep breaths, take your time and listen to the instructions from your therapist.