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Driving with dyslexia

What difficulties may be faced if you are dyslexic and want to learn to drive? How can you overcome those difficulties?

Difficulties you may face

  • Identifying road signs and deciding how to act on them
  • Understanding the language used in the Highway Code
  • Understanding the questions in the theory test
  • Planning for the road ahead
  • Planning for other road users
  • Coordinating what you see with what your hands and feet do

How can I help?

  • Provide support and practice for your theory
  • Implement various techniques to help your planning and awareness
  • Find ways to minimise and then eliminate mistakes
  • Make use of diagrams unique to our school
  • Provide a calm, distraction free learning environment
  • Use your existing skills and find similarities to driving skills

I can also use multisensory learning and the Japanese shisa kanko system. Shisa kanko means “point and say”, and the method has played a big part in keeping Japan’s 200mph bullet trains completely accident free (watch video).

If you were worried about learning to drive because of dyslexia, get in touch and see how I can help.

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A is for accelerator

The accelerator increases the amount of fuel being sent to the engine. Pressing the accelerator pedal increases the engine speed, making the car go faster. Easing off or releasing the accelerator makes the car slow down. The accelerator is sometimes called the throttle (more common amongst motorcyclists).

Accelerator Sense” is a technique which requires the driver to plan ahead and adjust the car’s speed using only the accelerator pedal; the brakes being used only when a more rapid reduction in speed is required.

Often called the gas pedal, it is the rightmost pedal in most cars and is operated with the right foot. The term “gas” is from gasoline the American word for petrol.

The spring mechanism, which pushes the pedal upwards when the driver removes their foot, is an example of a fail-safe mechanism.

Eco-safe driving suggests that the accelerator is used gently, although when a sudden increase in speed is needed, a “foot to the floor” technique is used.