Driving Experiences of Disabled Drivers

The aim of this research was to study the influence of non-standard controls on return to driving after disability, including prevalence of accidents/retraining difficulties. Postal questionnaires were sent within 2 years of assessment to 972 disabled drivers seen over a 3-year period. The setting was from within the Scottish Driving Assessment Service. Participants were all patients considered capable of driving after assessment during the study period. 589 people (61%) replied who were representative of the total population (mean age 55 years, range 19-87); 73% were male, and 70% were disabled for up to 2 years. Overall, 79% of respondents had returned to driving (highest reported success with standard manual car (86%) and lowest using left foot to accelerate and brake (66%) (x-sup-2=16.6, P=0.005)). A significantly higher proportion of the 30 patients (6.5%) admitting to accidents and 25 (5.4%) to problems with retraining were using non-standard driving techniques, especially the use of hand controls. Disabled drivers returning to drive using non-familiar controls had lower success and a higher proportion of accidents and/or problems with retraining than people using conventional controls. If confirmed in larger studies, this research may have implications for policymakers as well as specialist clinicians.

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  • Authors:
    • Prasad, R S
    • Hunter, J
    • Hanley, J
  • Publication Date: 2006-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 445-450
  • Serial:
    • Clinical Rehabilitation
    • Volume: 20
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Sage Publications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0269-2155
    • EISSN: 1477-0873

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  • Accession Number: 01053723
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2007 7:59PM