Dyspraxia interrupts the signals from brain to the rest of the body, making coordination difficult for people with the disorder. Driving is one practical task dyspraxics may find hard to master.
People with dyspraxia find an automatic car easier to drive than one with standard transmission, as it requires less coordination. Having features such as mirrors, seats and the steering wheel adjusted to the most comfortable and convenient position helps every driver, but especially dyspraxics. Others who drive the same vehicle should remember to leave everything adjusted as they found it.
The obstacles that create the most difficulty for dyspraxics include changing gears, judging distances and concentrating on more than one task at the same time. Steering the car while paying attention to traffic signs requires extra effort, for example.
Before you apply for a driving school, ask what extra help they provide for people with difficulties such as dyspraxia. Choose an instructor or school who shows sensitivity and understanding of the disorder. A good instructor will provide frequent breaks, communicate clearly, and take time and patience to repeat instructions if necessary.
- "Dyspraxia"; Geoff Brookes; 2005
- Dyspraxia Foundation: Driving