Wheelchair user driving towards target
After sustaining traumatic injuries to his spine following a motorbike accident, a Lynn man has been given new driving possibilities.
James Kipling, 24, had metal implants inserted into his back following an accident two years ago.
Now a wheelchair user who is unable to walk, James has begun to investigate how he can learn to drive a vehicle for the first time.
East Anglian DriveAbility (EAD), which helps disabled and elderly people become mobile and independent, has been assisting James.
“I felt quite nervous when I arrived at EAD but I was very impressed from the start,” James said.
“I was able to operate the accelerator and brake from the steering wheel, which gave me a good idea of how I could drive a car whilst in a safe, controlled environment.”
After successfully completing an assessment on reaction speeds, vision, steering ability and braking strengths, James was ready to proceed to a dual-controlled vehicle accompanied by a driving advisor.
Following his assessment James was provided with a written report which he took to his GP for medical approval to drive.
He is now applying for a Motability vehicle fitted with the recommended driving controls and is looking forward to applying for his driving test.