I have been driving an ordinary manual car for many years. The CMT diagnosis came a few months ago, (yes I have told the DVLA) and I was advised by my occupational therapist to have a driving assessment. I have recently started to have slight problems with my L foot missing the centre of the clutch pedal and once or twice it has slightly encroached on the brake.
The assessment was a gruelling experience lasting nearly 4 hours. I was tried on the simulated car with standard(?) hand controls, but found them too stiff to operate with my rather weak hands. So I was recommended to use my L foot for the brake, and R foot for the accelerator ( driving slowly round the grounds,in a real automatic, I tended to keep trying to "change gear" with the brake at first).I shall certainly need some lessons before buying my next car.
The upshot is that I must get a fully automatic car (what does that mean? Is there a partly automatic sort? how can you tell?), with "very light" power assisted steering, a "lightened" brake (my L leg is slightly stronger than the right, but still cannot produce the officially required amount of pressure on the brake) and only a small gap between the side of the car and the accelerator so my R foot can't "get lost" and miss the pedal. Oh, and it must not be too high to get into easily.
If I can't learn to use this unorthodox technique ( I flashed my windscreen wipers at an oncoming car in my lane the other day - reverting to my previous car's layout), there is apparently an "expensive" electronic alternative type of hand controls: L hand to steer , R hand for everything else. The firm that modifies cars can't show me any examples of controls, as they only get things in for specific jobs. So I am completely in the dark. What is it like ? How expensive?
And if I graduate to more rigid AFOs (current elastic and velcro ones are inadequate), will it be very much harder to use foot pedals?
It is absolutely vital that I keep driving , as I live alone in a rural area of Scotland and have nobody at all to drive me.
All this is in addition to not having the fogggiest idea what sort of car to get to start with. I really wanted a very small 4WD (it can get a bit snowy here), but maybe a hatchback would do. I am a complete ignoramus about cars and there are zillions to choose from......
And I shall get no financial help whatsoever, as I have not been in receipt of DLA before a certain age, or now either, come to that.