I noticed on another thread there are folks having problems with driving due to their various medical problems and/or physical limitations, so I thought I would start a separate blog in order to raise more awareness of help out there.
Anyone who has physical problems with driving can ask for an assessment at a Driving Assessment Centre to find out if there are any adaptations that would enable them to keep driving - here's some more info which you may be of interest.
I have problems with my neck and shoulders due to having moderate to severe spondylosis throughout my spine which means I struggle to turn my neck to see out the back window when reversing etc. A solution was additional mirrors eg blind spot mirrors on wing mirrors & a panoramic rear view clip on mirror, to help giving a better view - I reverse using mirrors. I also have arthritis in my hands and hips which caused problems with driving a manual car.
My car is a Motability lease car and I chose a semi-automatic Citroen Berlingo with cruise control so I don't have to keep my foot on the accelerator all the time. As well as having a fully automatic setting it can also be used as a manual paddle controls on the steering wheels without needing to use a clutch. The Berlingo also sits quite high up so it's much easier for me to get into and out of (I also use a swivel cushion) & it also has plenty of boot space for my scooter.
If you haven't passed your driving test but plan to take it in a car which has adaptations for your use (eg using additional mirrors) then your driving licence will reflect this and you will only be allowed to drive a car with those adaptations in place.