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Asperger's / High Functioning Autism

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder commonly becomes evident in early childhood and probably will be chronic in nature. The disorder consists of developmental deficiencies that can range from inhibiting behaviors to having high anxiety.. The individual may improve with age. Any level of Asperger's may increase the risk of unsafe driving issues. These issues stem from levels of anxiety, poor problem solving skills, lack of organization and and planning. Performance behind the wheel can be due to poor motor skills and performance can be erratic. Visual skill training is vital since all information is treated equally. . Their ability to learn information for the licensing knowledge test works well when one on one instruction is provided. Learning from their driving mistakes takes extra time. All of the above can result in unsafe driving encounters, unpredictable driving actions or an increased number of "minor" accidents. Medical clearance to drive is encouraged.

If someone you know has Asperger's look for the following warning signs that may interfere with safe driving:

•Doesn't observe sings/signals
•Has high anxiety
•Is a perfectionist and hates making mistakes
•Drifting while driving
•Failure to yield right of way
•Difficulty with interpreting traffic environments / does not anticipate dangerous situations
•Impaired eye/ hand/foot coordination
•Neglects to observe all areas of the vehicle before driving in reverse
•Multiple minor accidents
•Slow to respond to traffic lights
•Speed fluctuation / Inappropriate speeds
•Unable to coordinate distractions and driving

If you or those that drive with you notice any of the above warning signs and need a driving evaluation. Give us a call at 508-697-6006 and we can, help you with with knowledge about medical conditions, and help with a comprehensive evaluation and determine your ability to drive.