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Old 08-06-2012, 11:14 PM   #16
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We recently went through this with DS18 and DD20. DS is an Aspie, DD has severe anxiety, to the point that it's disabling to her.

For both of them, it took a long, long time being behind the wheel. Both of my kids sound like your son. Whenever Dh or I would tell them how a near accident situation should have been handled, they would completely shut down. There were several near accidents for both of them. I've joked with Dh that we could have more kids as long as I didn't have to teach them how to drive, it was that awful!

Sometimes the driving test does not go well, at least it did not in our case. DD failed the driving portion 3 times before she passed on the 4th. DS failed twice before he passed on the third try.

There is hope though! Once mine got their licenses and were able to drive alone, they were able to relax and did much better. We have even followed behind them to watch (with them knowing) and their driving was very good. DD has been behind the wheel, driving an average of 45 miles a day, every day, for the past two years. Not even a scratch on her car. DS has been driving a few months now, and so far, so good.

Wishing you luck
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:26 AM   #17
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I'm not sure if this thread is making me feel better or worse about learning to drive. I'm a 23 year old aspergirl and my fiancee is really pushing for me to learn to drive when we can afford to have a car. I'm not certain that I'll be all that good at it, and I certainly don't enjoy driving anything else (go-karts/atvs/quads/bumper cars/bumper boats/anything else). I know it's important for me to learn in case of an emergency, but it really freaks me out. My fiancee and my mother both think that I'd be a good driver because my brain works better (read: more neurotypically) if I'm paying attention to several things or multitasking, but I'm worried that my fear of driving will counteract that and I'll be a terrible driver.

Sorry about the meandering wall of text.
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