I am 44 and have held a full UK driving licence for 26 years and was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age 42 now it took me a long time to pass my test as I remember the rules contained in the highway code did not exactly fit the terrain I later understood they were to be used as a guide not an absolute but the movement boy did it take me ages to discover where the bite on the clutch was and how to augment that alongside the throttle, it was a major stumbling block for me, my first test failure was clutch control I was that nervous the clutch had two position off and on the bite was nowhere to be found.
But after three tests I passed and that by adopting the ''regard for other road users'' stance by being super courteous even to the point I remember where a woman with a pram was on the pavement waiting to cross a busy road there being no crossing available, I saw this and slowed down and stopped thus stopping all the traffic behind me so she could cross, the examiner said that was not a usual thing to do but it does fulfil the awareness of other road users.
But recently a neighbour found out I had Asperger's, she being a 'helper' with an autistic school, and so asked how was it I could drive a car, I said simple I just like everybody else learned to drive a car to pass my driving test. She was genuinely perplexed until I said is she with her understanding limited by the diagnostic boxes, for I have discovered that myself, what is the current thinking regards this thing is limiting and by it being the current thinking it limits people's imagination.
Now of crashing cars, I have only crashed the car once and that was six months after my driving test, I following the the rules entered into a no win situation where I crashed into the back of a post office van parked on a clearway at the point of the morning between sunrise and dark where street lights were switching off. I pleaded guilty with mitigating circumstances as I was too scared to go to court and so it was I got three points and a fifty pound fine, driving without due car and attention where it was actually said if I had attended court and pleaded not guilty I would have won because my mitigating circumstances displayed it was a no win situation as the vehicle should not have been parked on a clearway with no warning lights. The road also was a national speed limit road of 60 mph maximum and I was shifting, so no room to stop either after coming off a blind bend, as the van was parked behind a blind bend. But that incident taught me slow for blind bends and expect to stop as one never knows what is on the other side, it could be nothing but clear road or there could be anything there that should not be there.
So in twenty six years of driving one crash and points long since expired, and as I drive now I drive at my own pace having driven under powered Land Rovers and VW campers most of my life, I am used to slow and it does not bother me at all.
But prior to aspergers being made common in society people were just people with their idiosyncracies and many an aspie just fell in with everyone else and got on with it, now we are finding these new labels actually limit people when they should not be, but I understand the industry behind limitation, for that is what it is.
The biggest problem I find with driving is the highway code, it seems most other drivers chuck that away after they pass their test whereas I still remember most of it and it was recently through winning a pub quiz I had to set the questions for the following week and so I did it based on the theory test for the driving test just to see how many of the oldies in the pub that drive daily actually know the highway code and to say the results were appalling, they were but I hope it taught some of the oldies that they really need to delve into that book again, for much has changed, there is new stuff out there.
Edited by Sa Skimrande, 15 October 2012 - 01:40 PM.