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Driving

Post by Isee » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:47 am

I’m writing here because there’s no really french support for dyspraxia i apologize if I’m making mistakes. so I am 16 years old, in my country you can start taking lessons to have your driver license at that age and I heard it was terrible to pass test for people having that problem. I am really stressed about it because I saw some dysprasic people that failed their test 2-3 times and it cost a lost of money and a huge amount of time. So I decided to not take it for now, normal people are excited about that in general and I really fear to fail it because I need more time to learn than others and my coordination is horrible. Can someone share their opinion?

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Re: Driving

Post by Jim » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:13 pm

Being dyspraxic shouldn’t prevent you from learning to drive if you want to.

Yes, it may pose some difficulties, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness etc but remember that driving is as much to do with attitude as it is basic ability.

There are plenty of bad drivers out there who will have nor or few discernible difficulties but are not good on the road due their attitude.

Equally, there are people on the road who do have difficulties who may be perfectly good drivers because they apply good and diligent concentration to what they do.

I’m dyspraxic... and I passed my tests at first attempt and have had my full licence for 20 years now. So if you want to learn to drive then you can.
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Re: Driving

Post by Xenavire » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:21 pm

I'm someone that has the option to choose not to drive (Netherlands has great public transportation), so the choice was easy for me. I'm absolutely certain I could pass, almost certainly on my first attempt. But I don't believe that I would be safe behind the wheel over an extended period.

I'd rather err on the side of caution because I value my life and my health enough to not risk it, not to mention anyone I might hurt if I were to make a mistake. That's simply my choice, and I don't think every Dyspraxic person should do the same.

You should look at how you cope with other similar tasks before deciding anything. Like riding a bike, do you ever have trouble there? There are some similarities there that could be warning signs if you struggle. Just take your time and don't rush the decision. And if you do decide to try, practice as much as you can.

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Re: Driving

Post by Isee » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:44 am

Xenavire wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:21 pm
I'm someone that has the option to choose not to drive (Netherlands has great public transportation), so the choice was easy for me. I'm absolutely certain I could pass, almost certainly on my first attempt. But I don't believe that I would be safe behind the wheel over an extended period.

I'd rather err on the side of caution because I value my life and my health enough to not risk it, not to mention anyone I might hurt if I were to make a mistake. That's simply my choice, and I don't think every Dyspraxic person should do the same.

You should look at how you cope with other similar tasks before deciding anything. Like riding a bike, do you ever have trouble there? There are some similarities there that could be warning signs if you struggle. Just take your time and don't rush the decision. And if you do decide to try, practice as much as you can.
No I never had trouble with biking but I struggle with all sports. I think I will try to start my driving lessons before next year but like you said I’ll take time to think about it . It remember me something, I’m currently taking private swimming lessons since about 5 years and I think I failed about 3 times each swimming levels before success and I can’t imagine myself failing 3 times my driver license /:

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Re: Driving

Post by Xenavire » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:10 am

I can't say anything with certainty, but I imagine driving is more similar to biking than swimming, which seems like a good thing for you.

Most sports require very different things from us than riding a bike. Driving requires spatial awareness and the ability to steer, two things in common with biking. There is a lot of extra stuff to keep in mind, but the basics are the same. It should just be a matter of practice and having confidence in yourself.

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Re: Driving

Post by Tom fod » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:20 pm

Isee wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:47 am
I’m writing here because there’s no really french support for dyspraxia i apologize if I’m making mistakes. so I am 16 years old, in my country you can start taking lessons to have your driver license at that age and I heard it was terrible to pass test for people having that problem. I am really stressed about it because I saw some dysprasic people that failed their test 2-3 times and it cost a lost of money and a huge amount of time. So I decided to not take it for now, normal people are excited about that in general and I really fear to fail it because I need more time to learn than others and my coordination is horrible. Can someone share their opinion?
Bienvenue

Votre anglais est parfaitement acceptable and probably a lot better than mon Francais!

I don't know anything about French standards for driving but the following English webpages/info may be helpful

https://www.thedyspraxicdoctor.com/post ... g-to-drive

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/wp-c ... ftCopy.pdf
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Re: Driving

Post by Isee » Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:53 am

Tom fod wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:20 pm
Isee wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:47 am
I’m writing here because there’s no really french support for dyspraxia i apologize if I’m making mistakes. so I am 16 years old, in my country you can start taking lessons to have your driver license at that age and I heard it was terrible to pass test for people having that problem. I am really stressed about it because I saw some dysprasic people that failed their test 2-3 times and it cost a lost of money and a huge amount of time. So I decided to not take it for now, normal people are excited about that in general and I really fear to fail it because I need more time to learn than others and my coordination is horrible. Can someone share their opinion?
Bienvenue

Votre anglais est parfaitement acceptable and probably a lot better than mon Francais!

I don't know anything about French standards for driving but the following English webpages/info may be helpful

https://www.thedyspraxicdoctor.com/post ... g-to-drive

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/wp-c ... ftCopy.pdf
Merci ^^ ! I live in Québec, in Canada the only place speaking French in North America so it’s « canadien standard » for your information
Have you ever took french lessons before?

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Re: Driving

Post by Tom fod » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:08 pm

Isee wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:53 am

I’m writing here because there’s no really french support for dyspraxia . . .

You're very welcome.
sorry, I'd latched on to the wording in your original post added 2 and 2 and got 5!

I've not learned or used much French since I was at school which frighteningly was nearly 30 years ago now. I did ask google to aid my translation. I think they speak a sort of French down in Louisiana too? (sorry I do quizzes and know all kinds of trivial things. I've been to France a few times and to Montreal and Quebec too (back in 2006). I could walk into a bar or shop and ask for 'une biere ou une grace' but I'd struggle to have, or follow a conversation in French.

We do/have had a few Canadians on here before and I'm aware that there just doesn't seem to be the level of knowledge or awareness over there, that we have. There's still a great deal of room for improvement of recognition and understanding in the UK and Ireland too!

Is there anyone who can take you to practise driving somewhere safe and off the public roads to help you get a feel and improve ability and confidence?
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Re: Driving

Post by Isee » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:41 am

Yeah I live in a “rond point” which is basically a street that is finishing in a circle at the end it might be a good place to practice.
But I realized something important by reading your comment, I was scared in my subconscious only by the idea of doing what you said almost as doing my official driving lessons. It’s stupid, but I realized that I was scared by a lot of things lol, I would say especially new things. I don’t think I would feel so much secured by practicing it before with the help of my parents for example.

(For your information I think Louisiana was French like in the early 1700 but they been “assimilated” If I can say that by Americans, so they all talk English now but they kept many French things like street names and they have a strong accent I think but it’s by memory I’m not sure it’s 100% true)

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