Learning to drive with a disability
We understand that being able to drive is a key part of people’s lives and independence which is why we believe it should be accessible to as many people as possible.
Here we’ve put together some key information for those learning to drive with a disability.
To begin with, you will need to apply for your provisional license and notify DVLA of any medical conditions and/or disabilities. It’s important to be honest and declare everything at this stage, they deal with lots of these applications so you will be treated fairly and appropriately.
We would highly recommend speaking to a specialist Driving Assessment Centre such as Driving Mobility as they will test your ability to drive and give you advice on the type of car modifications you would need to drive safely and in comfort.
Once you have more of an understanding with what vehicle adaptations you may need, you can get in touch with your local adaptations installer.
There are expert instructors throughout the UK who are specially trained to give you lessons in your own adapted car or even with a tuition car adapted to suit your needs. Find out more from Disability Driving Instructors.
If you receive mobility allowance from the government and have at least 12 months award length remaining, then you could be eligible for funding from Motability towards a vehicle and adaptations.
And if you are aged between sixteen and twenty-four, you may also be able to get help with the cost of your driving lessons.