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  • Terry
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    Hi Mick;

    Sorry to hear that you've had to stop diving but it's good to do that before have a mishap.

    I live in a quite area so was able to drive for a little longer safely than if the area was very busy.

    Love Terry

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  • Lynne K
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    Sorry about that Mick. I'm thinking that I might have to give up driving soon too because last time that I drove it was a bit of a challenge to turn corners because of my weakening hands and arms. It wasn't obvious at the time and I managed everything, but I could tell that this ability was waning. I haven't driven in a few weeks so don't know if it's got worse yet. I don't go out alone any more because I'm using a 4 wheeled walker sometimes and I cannot manage to lift it in and out of the car. I could with the 3 wheeled walker that I used to take out. Also, when I'm out lately my husband pushes me in my lightweight manual wheelchair. I'm researching about WAVs. Lynne

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  • Mick1800
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    I personally don't feel safe driving now, im struggling to turn my head and reversing is terrible, so ive give up, even though the DVLA say im ok to drive.....its just hassle that I don't need.

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  • nunhead_man
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    Just to add my 2 pennies worth, I now have a 3 year licence, having completely confused the DVLA or whatever they now called now after my reporting that I used a double cable brake on my bicycle when they assumed I meant I was using a double cable brake on my motorcycle!

    It is interesting what I could have driven but I now cannot including a road roller up to 20 tonnes and a double-decker bus, although not for hire and reward.

    So sticking to our dear old automatic Mitsubishi, for the time being, and even getting round to use my paddle of my left hand to operate the indicator stalk and automatic gear lever, after being reassured by a driving instructor that I had a session with, that I had enough power to do it

    Best of all

    Andy

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  • Devonmaid
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    My husband had to give up driving in June 2017 the same week he gave up work. He just wasn't safe. He did try a gadget on the steering wheel to make it turn easier, but sadly that didn't help for long. Obviously you need to be safe to drive. It is so sad. He applied for ESA and PIP and got them. He was waiting for follow up assessments when he was diagnosed with MND in Oct 2017. The specialist nurses used the DS1500 to fast track his claims and he got the highest amounts all back dated. Hope this helps

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  • Barry52
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    Great news Shrew but maybe not so good for you. I think it’s better to decide for yourself providing you feel safe to drive rather than having it forced on you. There are many adaptations for cars that can make it easier for people with disabilities.

    Best wishes,
    Barry

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  • shrew
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    Mick finally got his letter Thursday. They decided that hes fit to drive a car, hgv and his motorbike! theres no chance on the last 2. he drove the other wk but dont think he will carry on, he will let me do the driving from now on!

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  • JimWright
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    Annual medical assessment I’m guessing. I’ve stopped teaching as it was just getting so much of a struggle getting out of the car, going to give the car up at the end of the month for cost as well as safety reasons

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  • Barry52
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    That’s better news Jim. I assume you can renew your car or extend it but I don’t know the rules on this situation.

    Best wishes,
    Barry

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  • JimWright
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    Spooky got the letter this morning. Going over to an annual medical review licence, at least I can choose when to surrender it and not the indignity of having it revoked.

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  • JimWright
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    Sorry meant to post a follow up. Had my assessment, was very relaxed as was said by others here. They got the test centre manager from Kings Lynn to do it, came up with a test route just for me, turns out after all my stressing it’s not a pass or fail thing,report goes off to head office and I’ll find out in 6 weeks. By that time I would have given my car up anyway.

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  • JimWright
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    Thank you all for you input I’ll let you know how I get on with my assessment.

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  • Iron Will
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    i'm now 64. I gave up driving a year ago. my legs simply stopped working. I felt them pack up on my way to work one day. I parked up there and then. in a power chair now and I get around fine.

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  • johnburton
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    I was given a 3 year licence without needing a test, after being diagnosed in March 2018. I am still driving, now with hand controls, as MND has made operating foot pedals impractical. However, I'm retired, which makes things a lot easier. My arms are so far unaffected.

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  • Ginger
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    Hi I'm still driving with lollipop steering adaption and changed to automatic car on motobility scheme. I've got a medical retirement appointment in beginning of January. I work in education but it is getting too hard arm/hand on both sides are affected and legs are showing signs of weakness. It's all very scary and I will be stopping driving very soon has you have all said it's when you don't feel safe to drive it's the time to stop. I am 52.

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