Want to learn to drive


Would love to learn to drive now that i am almost basically house bound.I feel i am to old to learn im 42 ,who do i go to ,really wish i had done this years ago .Is it expensive for lessons now ? i get out with taxi sometimes mostly to hospital ,doctors or dentist lol

thx Fiona xx

Fiona Your never too old to learn anything even driving. Go for it & 42 is not that old just think of the freedom it will give you. Some driving instructors have really good deal’s look around and see what’s on offer. Good luck x

Hi Fiona

I learnt to drive a few years ago, & I’m a wheelchair user. I had an assessment done at a mobility centre, which was funded by motability as I get higher rate mobility component of DLA. I got to try a few different cars with different types of hand controls, which gave me a bit of confidence. If you google ‘forum of mobility centres’ you’ll find their website.

Then I found an instructor who specialised in teaching people with disabilities and had a car with hand controls. He covers the north Derbyshire/South Yorkshire reason, so if you live there I could give you his details. I can’t remember exactly how much he cost - maybe £20-25 a lesson. He was excellent, and I picked up driving fairly quickly. I found using hand controls very intuitive. Then a few months later I took my test & passed with flying colours - just a single minor fault on my test.

It was a great thing to do, & I really value the freedom it’s given me. So I reckon you should definitely go for it!


You’re not too old! My nan got her licence after my grandad died to retain some independence - she was in her 70s! She chose to learn in an auto and is still driving short distances at 82!

Hi Fiona

If you feel as though you want to learn then do it,i was 38 when i learnt to drive,i did it because i couldnt walk more than a few steps,and i had jus become a widow,and had to get my little girl to nursery and school,it was the best thing i did and gave me some independance back,for a while,i cant drive now due to not feeling safe enough to and i miss it,but just have to be taxied everywhere nowdays.

jaki xx

Go for it!

The only limit on what you can really do is inside your own head.
So you might have to learn on (and be limited to) automatic gearboxes - but that is way better than being totally dependent on others.
You might have to be a bit picky about what vehicle you end up with - reduced mobility can affect simply getting in and out, but with a bit of care you can win that one as well.
Two working hands and one working foot are quite enough to control quite a powerful car. Two hands alone can cope with quite a lot.
One good hand is still enough - are you that bad?

Go for it - even if it does cost.


Hi Fiona,

I am in a similar situation, I didn’t take my test as a teenager and have never had the need or to be honest the desire to learn until I got my dx, now I am desperate to get my license before it’s too late. I have two small children and it would make life so much easier for us all if i could just jump in the car for the day! I have no confidence however, think being older doesn’t help, but i’m going to do an automatic license (slightly cheaper & I hope a bit quicker). Hope you decide to go for it, as soon as I have saved some money I will. Good luck - let me know how you get on?

Laura x

I too learned to drive late in life. I saved and saved until I had enough to have one lesson everyday as I could not retain the information from one lesson to the next if I could only get weekly lessons. It paid off for me and I would be lost without my car. I have had to change to a people carrier type which is higher so that I can get in and out more easily. Nobody knew I was learning as I did not want the added pressure of being questioned as to how I was doing. Go for it and good luck.

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