Unlike many driving schools we only offer Automatic driving lessons, for many driving schools getting an older automatic car is a way of filling up an empty diary. Alpha Automatic driver training have years of experience training pupils to drive in automatic cars whether it be wanting to pass a test, confidence building lessons or re training of experienced drivers we can help you. Specialist Automatic/Disability Tuition in Adapted Vehicle Vauxhall Meriva Auto; Push Pull Hand Controls, Left/Foot Accelerator, Lodgesons Bluetooth Secondary Controls, Electronic Parking Brake. QEF qualified to teach those with disability to Drive & Hi-Tech Controls Drive from Wheelchair in Clients own WAV.
What I offer
Haydn Jenkins of Alpha Automatic Driver Training is a specialist provider in training for disabled clients. I have a modified Vauxhall Meriva, Automatic suitable for a wide range of disabilities. I can offer advice on a no obligation basis. No hard sell!
I have been a fully qualified driving instructor for over 25 years, and have taken specialist training in teaching client with physical disability and special educational needs to drive, I have my own disabilities , which gives me greater understanding of the effects and realities of driving an adapted vehicle or driving using an adapted driving technique. I'm DBS checked and abide to the DVSA/ Industry Code of Conduct.
Some of the situations catered for;
Left leg disability - our auto can be driven in 'standard' auto mode just using your right leg.
Right leg disability - the typical modification for this is a left foot accelerator. If you are 'new' to driving this modification will be as easy to cope with as using you right leg. If you are returning to driving then this modification will take some getting used to. We recommend a minimum of 10 hours to learn to cope with the 'clutch reflex', some client prefer to use hand operated controls to avoid the potential problem.
Both leg disability - this is likely to require hand operated controls for the accelerator and brake. Our car is fitted with a right hand operated single combined push-pull lever (with integrated indicator switch). This, used in combination with a steering ball and Aux control unit, will give you full control of the car. Please contact me to discuss if you would like to drive using a different type of control or if you also have a disability of the arms.
One arm disability - the use of a steering ball, lollipop or flat quad grip, will give you full control of the steering. My car is also fitted with an aux control unit to work the wipers; lights, horn etc so that you can keep you hand on the wheel at all times. The power steering is quite light on my vehicle. Modifications can also be made to the weight of the power steering on your owe vehicle, if strength is a concern.
Both arm disability - modifications start to get more complex in this area. My car requires the use of at least two limbs (either arms or one leg one arm). Call me to discuss your individual situation. It is likely that training would need to be carried out in your own car. We are fully insured to provide training to provisional licence holders in your own car when dual controls are fitted.
Deafness - I don't consider this a disability from a driving point of view. The issue is communication when learning to drive. We are experienced and patient and will introduce you to a range of hand signals and prompt cards to help you learn safely.
The above is just a guide to the general situations I can cater for.
As long as you have some range of movement that are under control, can pass the theory test and have eyesight that meets the DVLA requirements YOU CAN LEARN TO DRIVE!
Wheelchair users In order to make you as independent as possible we will help you learn to transfer yourself from your wheelchair to the car seat. In your own car there are many options for you to achieve this including various hoists and roof box mounted lifts. There is also the option of driving from your chair. Please contact us if you are having a car built to learn to drive in as a dual brake could be fitted at the same time to help you learn safely (Mobility will often supply this if they are supplying driving lessons).
Occupational Therapists We can work with you to arrange for your client to learn or return to driving. I work closely with the forum Mobility Centres, and have taken Continued Professional Development, with Derby DrivAbility and the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for disability. I work closely with the Disability Driving Instructors Association, a not for profit organisation, to help those with disability find suitably qualified instructors.
So if your client needs to take either a DVLA, DVSA PDAL Assessment I sure I can offer advice and assistance.
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