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  • Lynne K
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    Yea, true Dina xx

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  • Gillette
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    Originally posted by nunhead_man View Post
    I am sure this would go down well in my local shopping centre!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWYRhaOd1PE
    Lynne K, once you've passed your test this will be you and me on the rampage in Radcliffe! Ha ha ha.

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  • Sheila
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    Yeah now we're talking . Lol
    Sheila.

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  • nunhead_man
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    I am sure this would go down well in my local shopping centre!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWYRhaOd1PE

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  • shrew
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    Hope all goes well. I am a worrier too! x

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  • Sheila
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    Thank you, Kayleigh, Dina, Debbie,
    The lady from wheelchair services seemed very nice. I am sure everything will be all right. I just worry about things too much.
    Love Sheila x

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  • Deb
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    Hi Sheila,

    Please dont worry about getting a powerchair because it will really increase your independence. Sorry if we have put you off about getting one and I was really only joking about the L plates. The wheelchair services are there to help us and they will show you how to work it and answer any questions. They will come back if you need any adjustments.

    Love Debbie x

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  • Gillette
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    Hi Sheila, please don't worry about the test. I found it useful to be able to ask questions and for advice whilst actually using the chair outside.

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  • Kayleigh
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    Hi Sheila

    I was concerned about being assessed using a powerchair but have now realised there is really nothing to worry about. It sounds like someone from wheelchair services shows us how to use the chair and then we get to try it out and ask any questions while that person is there.

    Please try not to worry. As Terry has said, wheelchair services is there to help us and I think it's good that they want to make sure we can use their wheelchairs comfortably and safely.

    Love
    Kayleigh xx

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  • Sheila
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    Hi All,
    I am meant to be getting one of these powered wheelchairs in about 3 weeks time. I was never told about any tests. I said I will be only using it indoors. Reading all your comments has made me think and a little worried.

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  • Deb
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    This has really made me laugh... I have visions of all these powerchairs with L plates on, with people trying to convert their provisional liscences. As if there isnt enough to worry about !

    When I got mine they asked me to drive around the hospital and grounds and in and out of the car. To be honest I could have done without an audience because the chair takes a little getting used to but it was fine.

    My lovely husband who is only ever sexist when it comes to driving ( In the past I have been known to storm off when he has tried to tell me how to park ) asked if there was insurance if I hit someone !! Unfortunately i am unable to storm off dramatically in a huff now but i can still give a mean dirty look . I can drive it much better than him now as he always bumps when he moves it.

    Seriously, my Salsa mini 2 is really easy to drive and manoeuvre and I love the tilt on it but it does take a while to get used to it.

    Happy driving,
    Love Debbie x

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  • Gillette
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    When Wheelchair Services first spoke about going outside in the chair it sounded as though I was going to be given some sort of instruction. I still thought that when we went outside so I was stunned that the test began as soon as I exited the house! It was a very laid back test, I didn't feel any particular pressure and, believe me, I certainly felt stressed when I took each of my car driving tests. Nerves got to me each time!

    I was baffled that there wasn't any instruction but I believe the "test" is as much for the wheelchair user's benefit as anything. On the way back to our house, I chose to take a different route but came up to a very steep dropped kerb. I just said I didn't fancy attempting it and turned away.

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  • Kayleigh
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    Hi Terry

    I don't like driving tests of any sort - but I expect that Lynne will pass her test with top marks (especially as she used to be a driving instructor!)

    Love Kayleigh x
    Last edited by Kayleigh; 27 June 2019, 20:36.

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  • Terry
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    Hi Kayleigh;

    They got the wheelchair in for me and got it fitting me first, then I had a drive around in the place and they got me to do some indoor driving through doors and backing etc. They are there to help you. We then took it home as we already had a WAV but I guess that they would deliver it otherwise. I was told not to go on the road or pathways with it and drive it indoors for a couple of weeks and they would arrange a outside assessment for me.

    I then went back with the wheelchair and did a drive around paths, crossing roads and going into a shops etc. I didn't find it difficult at all, (being a man, LOL) but they are there to help and advise you if needed. There objective is to make sure you're safe, so if you feel that something is not safe don't do it and ask them. Don't worry, there's no three point turns, sorry Lynne, that's turning in the road by going forward and reversing.

    No certificate at the end I'm afraid Ellie.

    I think that the assessment is good because it would be easy to hurt yourself or others. They are there to guide you and I guess if you fail to be safe they will redo it again in a few weeks and ask you to practice at home.

    "If they were provided with the chair (with restrictions about where they could use it) how could wheelchair services realistically enforce any restrictions anyway? "

    I guess that if you are not deemed as safe outside and then use it against there advice, being a danger to yourself and others, then they would have a duty to take it away.

    love Terry

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  • Lynne K
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    I don't know why. I didn't know that it was a test indoors. He just asked me to drive from our front room to our kitchen. That was in our other house that wasn't adapted. It was really hard to get through the regular sized doors but I did it by going at a snails pace. Then he jumped in front of me. I got such a shock and stopped the chair by letting go of the joystick. He smiled widely as I said 'what are you doing (thinking that he must be stupid to jump in front of a moving wheelchair). Still smiling he said' you've passed ' and explained. They want to make sure that you are safe and you don't pose a danger to others. I'm not at all worried about the outdoor test. Bring it on. It' ll be a challenge to find enough dropped kerbs though. Lynne
    Last edited by Lynne K; 27 June 2019, 17:49.

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