Learning to drive can bring some difficulties for everyone, but a syndrome called Dyspraxia can intensify these problems for some pupils without them even knowing it…

Driving with Disabilities

Dyspraxia affects hand-eye co-ordination, spatial awareness and short-term memory sequences. It is a hidden disability present from birth and affects between 6 and 10 per cent of the population.


Due to the areas that Dyspraxia affects, your ability to handle and manoeuvre a car could be at jeopardy as well. Your ability to judge speed, distance and sense of direction can also be affected. I’ve been a driving instructor for the last 6 years, so I am aware that the majority of my pupils have faced some of these problems whilst learning to drive but Dyspraxia works quite differently.



If you was to type “Dyspraxia” into a search engine, you would be flooded with information connected with schooling related problems and little recognition of the affects that it can have on adults. Learning to drive is a key area of difficulty for adults with Dyspraxia making it very common for people to receive a diagnosis through a difficulty in learning to drive. So I thought it would be a helpful idea to increase its awareness and shed some light on what it is all about.



A previous driveJohnson’s pupil who was taking driving lessons in Bedford, seemed to find processing directions rather hard. He would need instructions repeated a numerous amount of times and found it very difficult to remember sequences that had just been explained. There were also times when he would practice a manoeuvre and do it perfectly but would then struggle achieving the same result again for some time afterwards. This pupil was later diagnosed with Dyspraxia, but often thought that the problems that he was encountering was down to nerves. With patience, determination and hard work on both parts, driveJohnson’s helped him to pass his driving test. Unfortunately for others, this isn’t always the case. Internet forums show cases where people have had to use various different driving instructors due to lack of patience. One driving blog actually stated that her  instructor asked her: “ Can you actually see?”



However, despite this, the DVSA or any leading insurers have included Dyspraxia as a medical condition that affects your fitness to drive. So, despite on any rumours or opinions, a Dyspraxic person are as fit as anyone else to drive.



There are various support sources available for learning to drive with Dyspraxia where you can visit websites such http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/ where further information is available to you. For more information on driving lesson in Bedford, call 07880886119.