See our 'Learning to Drive' section for information about learning to drive.
Leadon Vale Driver Training are specialist providers in training for disabled clients. We run a modified Citroen C4 Automatic suitable for a wide range of disabilities. Some of these modifications can be transferred to a manual car if that is what you require. We are also able to arrange training in your own car if the modifications are extensive or if you feel more comfortable.
We understand that your situation is individual to you so please contact us on 01432 890489 or the mobility instructor, Jonathan, directly on 07773 333181 to discuss you individual requirements. We offer advice on a no obligation basis. No hard sell!
Left leg disability - our auto can be driven in 'standard' auto mode just using your right leg.
Right leg disability - the typical modification for this is a left foot accelerator. If you are 'new' to driving this modification will be as easy to cope with as using you right leg. If you are returning to driving then this modification will take some getting used too. We recommend a minimum of 6 hours to learn to cope with the 'clutch reflex'.
Both leg disability - this is likely to require hand operated controls for the accelerator and brake. Our car is fitted with a right hand operated single combined push-pull lever (with integrated indicator switch). This, used in combination with a steering ball and Aux control unit, will give you full control of the car. Please contact us to discuss if you would like to drive using a different type of control or if you also have a disability of the arms.
One arm disability - the use of a steering ball (or peg if required) will give you full control of the steering. Our car is also fitted with an aux control unit to work the wipers, lights, horn etc so that you can keep you hand on the wheel at all times. Modifications can also be made to the weight of the power steering if strength is a concern.
Both arm disability - modifications start to get more complex in this area. Our car requires the use of at least one arm (no grip is required). Call us to discuss your individual situation. It is likely that training would need to be carried out in your own car. We are fully insured to provide training to provisional licence holders in your own car when dual controls are fitted.
Deafness - we don't consider this a disability from a driving point of view. The issue is communication when learning to drive. We are experienced and patient and will introduce you to a range of hand signals and prompt cards to help you learn safely in either a manual or auto.
The above is just a guide to the general situations we can cater for. As long as you have some range of movement that are under control, can pass the theory test and have eyesight that meets the DVLA requirements YOU CAN LEARN TO DRIVE!
In order to make you as independent as possible we will help you learn to transfer yourself from your wheelchair to the car seat. In your own car there are many options for you to achieve this including various hoists and roof box mounted lifts. There is also the option of driving from your chair. Please contact us if you are having a car built to learn to drive in as a dual brake could be fitted at the same time to help you learn safely (Mobility will often supply this if they are supplying driving lessons).
We can work with you to arrange for your client to learn to drive or return to driving. We are registered with Motability and can arrange invoice payment if your client requires.
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