The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. 

                                                                                                                             - Mark Twain



Driving for the First Time Later in Life


Most patients become drivers in their late teens or early twenties.  Patients attempting to drive for the first time later in life may have added difficulty adjusting to the visual clutter found in the driving environment. Signs, traffic lights and moving vehicles can be overwhelming at first. Time spent in descriptive driving activities can help these patients. They may also require more behind-the-wheel training. Occasionally we will have a patient who finds this too difficult to adjust to, because they have never before dealt with the complexities of driving environment.  Patients should not proceed to driving without feeling comfortable in their abilities. Patients should address any fear with their doctor and rehabilitation driving specialist.