Learning to drive
What support is there to help me learn to drive?
Besides your driving instructor, you can also ask another adult to help you learn to drive. If you want them to take you out in a car, they must be over 21 and have at least 3 years driving experience.
If you need help practicing for your theory test, you could ask a parent, carer, friend or your support worker. Your driving instructor will also be able to give you advice on how to practice for your test. You can try a practice theory test on GOV.UK.
Disability Driving Instructors
Disability Driving Instructors give advice about driving to people with SEN or a disability. They can help:
- first time drivers
- people who are returning to drive after developing a disability or SEN
Driving Mobility help people who struggle with mobility gain independence through driving. This includes people with SEN and/or disabilities.
They offer assessment and advice on:
- adaptations to your vehicle
- your ability to drive in a safe way
- wheelchair or scooter loading and transportation
To visit one of their centres, get a referral from your doctor or a healthcare professional.
Disabled Motoring UK
Disabled Motoring UK provide information on mobility and signpost to relevant services. This includes information on:
- car insurance
- where to find an accessible vehicle
They also have an advice and guidance helpline.
Mobility vehicles, car adaptations and equipment
If you are unable to use a standard car due to your needs, you could get a specialist vehicle or have a car adapted.
If your needs make it hard for you to get about, and you receive a benefit for this, you can get a vehicle from Motability. You can use your benefit to lease a vehicle such as a car, mobility scooter or powered wheelchair.
You will pay for the lease of the vehicle, but it will not belong to you. If you stop receiving your benefit for any reason, you will have to return the vehicle.
See if you can join the Motability scheme and find out more.
Adaptations and equipment
Contact Driving Mobility to find out about vehicle adaptations.
Can I get help with the cost of driving?
There are several costs when it comes to driving, these include the cost of:
- a licence
- driving lessons
- your theory and practical test
If you choose to buy a car you will also need to consider the cost of:
- the car (buying or leasing)
- car insurance and tax
- running costs, such as petrol
You won't have to pay for all these costs straight away as some of these costs will come with time.
To help with the costs, you may be able to get: