Last reply 1 month ago
Learning to drive

Hi I’m learning to drive and my instructor keeps asking me if I’m allowed to drive. I’ve informed the dvla etc. I don’t need adaptions but I keep taking too long to check my mirrors and I steer slightly off course . I’m not sure if this is normal nerves or ms related. I will be driving my kids around when I pass and I am soo scared of putting them in danger. Please can anyone help me?

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1 month ago

@lafeeverte , you’re getting too far ahead of yourself.

When you get round to taking your practical test, you should be competent and confident. And, I am sure you wouldn’t put your kids in danger if you felt anything less than 100% able.

If you’re concerned about the mirror problem and steering issue, you may want to go and have an eye test. Just to eliminate your eyesight as a cause for concern.

You also need to feel at ease with your driving instructor. If not, find another one!

1 month ago

@stumbler thank you so much for your advice. I have booked an appointment with my optician and I am looking for a new instructor. Thank you. I did get too far ahead of myself. Bit of a meltdown really. The weather is not helping! Thanks again for your sound advice.

1 month ago

Hi @lafeeverte, just checking, did you get your licence amended by DVLA? Drivers are asked to renew their licence every three years I believe….

1 month ago

Hi @vixen,

Yes thank you 🙂

1 month ago

I have just stopped driving as my peripheral vision seemed to becoming poor. Your optician and DVLA will follow guidelines in their advice/instruction, YOU on the other hand will know when it’s right to have modifications to a car or to drive

1 month ago

Hello @lafeeverte,
I think from your description that I’ve had a similar problem, but fortunately learned to be able to overcome it.
Being aware of the issue gives you a good chance of overcoming it too, but I’d suggest its not something to ignore.
If you find it difficult to sort out by yourself ….such that you feel confident….. I suggest you ask your GP or Consultant to refer you to a neuro-physiotherapist.
What you’re describing sounds to me as though it may be ‘associated movement’ for example when you move your head your arms follow, rather than stay where they were.
Hope helpful.

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