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Am I Ready to Learn How to Drive?


Learning to drive a car can be both exciting and scary. This #ASDNext guide helps you know if you have the necessary skills required to be a good driver. Ask yourself the questions in each section of this resource to see if you may be ready to start learning how to drive.

The interior of a car is shown, looking over the driver's shoulder out the windshield, of a man driving.General questions

    • Am I good rule-follower?
    • Do I understand there are consequences for my actions?
    • Do I avoid unnecessary risks?
    • Do I resist peer pressure?
    • Do I take responsibility seriously?
    • Do I have a quick reaction time?
    • Am I well-coordinated?

Physical health: Am I in good health and do I have good vision?

Before you are able to take the driver’s permit test, you need to have a physical exam completed. If glasses or contact lenses are needed, they must always be worn while driving.

Drivers need to be able to move their head, neck and eyes to scan in front, beside and in back of the car for any possible hazards. They also need to be able to use their arms and hands to steer and operate the controls of the car, and use their feet to speed up and brake.

What if I’m not sure?

If you’re still unsure, driving simulators can test things like distractibility, focus, reaction time, and judgment. Simulators can also be used to practice in a safe way before getting in a real car. They are usually available through a local rehabilitation hospital, by appointment only. These services may not be covered by your health insurance.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.