Driving, surprisingly wasn’t even a thought until I got asked if I had a driving license. I was concentrating more on improving my strength to push, transfer and balance! The time came where my OT, Michaela asked me if i wanted to try this so called “hard transfer.” No lie, it took me and 3 other people 45 minutes to get into the car! They practically lifted me in, but I was in the mindset it could be done and can only get easier from here! By the time I left Stanmore I needed 1 person helping me, with ambitions of becoming completely independent which I believe can be achieved!
Michaela referred me for a driving assessment at my local centre in Croydon, which to my surprise was a transit van… I’ve never driven something that big before! I must have done right as I was approved for my licence and could now start looking for a new car to suite my every need!
The car situation is amazing, you get a pick of certain cars that the mobility scheme provide. There is less selection as I was 19 at the time but over 25’s get more of a choice. I believe this is because of the engine size as the mobility also provide you with insurance and pay your road tax and other extras.
I choose the Mercedes B class due to the size (fitting the wheelchair in the boot) but keeping all 5 seats still available. Additionally the spec made the car look pretty mean!
The car works with a very simple push and pull lever, pull to go push to break. The steering wheel differs on your ability but I have 3 prongs in a triangle shape to hold my wrist! It felt weird for the first day but now feels normal and comfortable.
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HARRY IS OUR WONDERFUL GRANDSON WHO HAS COPED SO WELL SINCE HIS ACCIDENT.WE ARE SO PROUD OF HIM WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW WE FEEL HE WILL GO ON TO SHOW WHAT YOU CAN ACHICVE IF YOU TRY ALL OUR LOVE NAN AND GRANDAD XXX