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    How many people are finding it easy to get back into driving?
    42
    Pretty easy, it is like I never left
    64.29%
    27
    Had a learning curve, but did it!
    33.33%
    14
    Was very difficult, so opted not to
    2.38%
    1

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  • #2
    very easy to me but thats been 18 years ago........only bad thing was my driving evaluation was in downtown Orlando on a Friday afternoon around 5 pm in one of the worst storms I have ever seen in my life.

    I passed with flying colors

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    • #3
      There was a bit of a learning curve, but not a big one. It took a long time to get everything finalized, that was frustrating. But it was the biggest thing to getting my life back.

      Start the process right away, b/c in many states you need to be evaluated, trained and/or tested to drive w/ hand controls. And in my state, you can't get the hand controls until you pass. And there was a long wait to schedule the testing.

      (Regulations are different in every state.)
      T7-8 since Feb 2005

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      • #4
        I am a T8 like sjean and second what he said. It is not that hard, and I don't know about you but it drove me nuts being dependent on someone else to drive places. Took a couple weeks to get it so it was second nature and now I don't even think about it.

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        • #5
          I went from a small car and to a big van with handcontrols, I don't know if it was the handcontrols or the van, but it took some lessons. I have a feeling it was the size of the car who bother me most.

          If I should have bought the car myself, I would have chosen a different one that was easy to park in the streets, even the HC parking isn't long enough and I have the lift behind. So I am not using it very often, I was three years without a car and it was not any problem at all even if the buses and trams are inaccessible here.
          TH 12, 43 years post

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          • #6
            adaptive driving was part of my rehab in 92 at Santa Clara. Never really gave it a second thought , but my instructor seemed a little nervous ! LOL Driving is one of the few times I feel just like everyone else.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by aliizsa View Post
              How many people are finding it easy to get back into driving?
              I don't have an SCI but I did just start driving again for the first time since I started using a chair 16 years ago. I was pretty excited the first time I did it, about six months ago. It did take me a few month to get used to it but now it feels like it did before. I haven't really had an disability related problems while driving but the car is an automatic, don't know how I'd do with a stick.

              Learning to get the chair in and out of the car was hard. It was real tough. I asked advice here and watched videos on Youtube and finally I think I've got it down. Using advice I got from SCI-OTR about a year ago, I had already armored my frame in spots with ABS plastic and thank god I did. I'm finding spots where it's grinding down and it it wasn't the replaceable plastic there, it'd be the very expensive titanium frame.

              I have too many friends with too many different disabilities who drive just fine to pre-judge who can and can't do it. I'm also very glad I knew how to drive before disability changed my life and I had my first "chair day" (the day I realized I no longer had a choice about using it - sucked).

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              • #8
                It took awhile to get used to how fast everyone was going. Have more time then money so I set my cruse control to 52.
                T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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                • #9
                  Thank you everyone for your thoughts! I greatly appreciate them.

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                  • #10
                    My rehab included driving lessons, and the paperwork needed to get my new license in Massachusetts. By the second day of driving, I was pretty much comfortable with it in my mostly rural area. By the end of a month I was OK driving in New York City. I use my cruse control a lot.
                    Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                    T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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                    • #11
                      I'd say the hardest thing about driving is what they don't teach you in rehab. They are bound and determined to tell you loading a chair in a car is the tough part...um. #1 Thing to remember.....LOOK WHERE YOUR FEET ARE AT ALL TIMES! Be damn sure they are not going to get stuck under your break. Other than that...buy a nicked up car...it's going to get screwed up in the paint...not that I really give a damn about that.

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                      • #12
                        Go for it. It is quite easy.

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                        • #13
                          I think I've logged about 300,000 miles since discharge (license renewed two days later) in Aug, 2000..


                          Let's Motor...Onward & Upward..

                          Chris

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                          • #14
                            Hey, piece of cake. I got the hand controls on line, adapted them and practiced one afternoon, for about 10 min, around the block, then had a dr's apptmt the next day, and been driving eversince. Hunting fishing hell, i do it all. (actually haven't told licensing dept about it, been stopped a couple of times, all the officer said was, and you don't have plates? I've got the placard. Anyway, said nothing about having a regular license. Just gave me a ticket, and sent me on my way :-).

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                            • #15
                              Does any one have a modified steering system? I cant get my arms to go all the way around for 1 revolution. Talked with one driving place and they said they would have to put like a saucer type steeering wheel in that sits flat plus an electronic type throttle and brake. Would like to hear from anybody that has something like this.

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