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.