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Learning to drive with disabillities

Driving With Special Needs


Get a provisional licence

First off, you should apply for your provisional driving licence. The earliest you can submit an application is three months prior to your sixteenth birthday. You can get the form needed to do this — called a D1 — from any large Post Office, or you can download it online from the government’s website.


You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.

You can start driving a car when you’re 17.

You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).


Once you have sent this off, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will often send back to you a ‘medical-in-confidence’ form which will ask for further information about your disability. It is also likely that the DVLA will ask for your permission to contact your doctor, but this is totally normal! After this, they will review your application and will usually issue your provisional licence. In some circumstances, the DVLA might ask you to see its own specialist or another doctor close to you to make sure your licence is suitable.


Take a theory test

Anybody learning to drive needs to take a theory test. This is a test you do that doesn’t involve sitting in the car at all, but instead shows you know the theoretical rules of driving. You may want to take this assessment before beginning practical lessons, as there is a possibility, with some cases, that you find it isn’t possible to drive once you begin lessons. If you suffer from deafness or hearing problems, you can get a DVD about learning the Highway Code with sign language. There are similar products available to assist with the theory test, too.


Find a driving instructor

Driving With Special Needs

You may find it useful to find a specialist driving instructor


Our driving instructor Andras is experienced in teaching people who may have more specific needs to learn to drive He is experienced in dealing with anxious drivers, those with learning disabilities, and elderly learners. He adjusts his teaching methods to ensure that everyone is comfortable and confident with the learning process. He also takes the time to answer any questions they may have.

Most students need around 40 hours of driving tuition to be able to pass their test, so you will spend a lot of time with your tutor — this is why it is important to pick an instructor you feel you will get along with!


Take the test

In 2017, the government implemented changes to the way that driving tests are carried out in the UK. Nowadays, actual driving time is around 20 minutes, and some traditional manoeuvres – for instance, reversing around a corner – will be replaced by more ‘real-world’ trials, such as reversing into a parking bay.


Help with the cost of driving lessons

There’s lots of support available to you if you claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP), a carer or a care leaver. If you have leased a car through Motability, or you’re due to receive one in the next 4 months, you may qualify for free driving lessons too. If you’re also receiving a means-tested benefit, Motability will give you a grant to cover up to 40 hours of driving lessons. If you’re a carer or care leaver, you might qualify for other grants to help with the cost of driving lessons.


What if I can’t drive? 

You won't know if driving is for you until you try it, At Craig Baker Driver Training all of our driving instructors take a friendly and relaxed approach toward our customers as well as making sure you are 100% safe when behind the wheel of one of our dual controlled vehicles.


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