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Learning to Drive with Dyspraxia

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Learning to drive is challenge enough for most people, let alone those that have to do it while managing a disorder like dyspraxia. If you fall into that camp, you may be wondering whether it’s even possible for you to pass your driving test – and concerned about which instructor to choose to guide you through the process. Hopefully those fears will begin to wane as you read this article. Yes – learning to drive with dyspraxia is more than possible and, yes, the team here at GoGoGo Intensive can help!

Let’s not beat around the bush – you’ll have a more challenging road ahead of you than many other learner drivers. Dyspraxia can impact your hand-eye coordination, your ability to judge speed and distance, your spatial awareness, and your concentration, all of which matter when you’re behind the wheel.

But if you’re up for the challenge of learning to drive – and your symptoms aren’t too severe – there’s no reason why you can’t become a safe and confident driver.

Do you need to declare your dyspraxia to the DVSA?

This one is down to you. The DVSA doesn’t list dyspraxia as a condition you have to declare when you apply for your provisional licence, but it may be worth mentioning if your symptoms are severe.

How can you make life easier?

First of all, we’d recommend heading over to the UK Dyspraxia Foundation’s site. They have a huge collection of information relating specifically to driving (far more than we could possibly fit into one article!), which should prove helpful when you’re starting out.

It’s also important to bear in mind that your journey to independent driving will be different to many other people’s – and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. You’ll just need to find an instructor who recognises and understands the challenges you’re up against.

Here at GoGoGo, we offer specialist driving lessons for those with dyspraxia, in addition to other conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, deafness and physical disabilities. Our highly-trained instructors are qualified to teach you and have years of experience working with individuals with disorders and disabilities.

Contact us today to discuss your specific needs and let us know how we can help you pass your driving test.

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