I never learnt to drive. My older brother took me around the court in his car once, but that was it.
To understand why one would opt not to learn how to drive, one must first understand what Cerebral Palsy (CP) is:
“Cerebral Palsy is blanket term commonly referred to as ‘CP’ and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.” 1
In my case, I have spastic, diplegia cerebral palsy which affects my legs. With this condition, I also have a lazy eye which developed in my mid-teens resulting little vision in one eye.
I could have learnt to drive, but I would have to have special lessons, and use hand controls which I could not afford at the time. When I got older and could afford it, I no longer had the desire to learn to drive.
I lost my confidence as I had more surgery and my eyesight in my left eye was worsening. By the time I could learn to drive, I felt I would be more of a hindrance, on the road. Neigh, more precisely, I would be a danger on the road. I also suffer from road rage. For a guy that doesn’t drive, I get pretty angry with those who should drive, but continue driving like idiots. I know, it’s pretty ironic.
For me, a lot of driving is common sense and courtesy, or it should be, most drivers today, I feel, lack both of these qualities. A lot of drivers fail to even follow the rules of the road. These same people drive only for themselves; they cut off drivers, speed up and tail your ass, or slow down in the pass lane. It’s very frustrating to watch.
These are my reasons for not learning to drive. The consequence; however, is that I must rely on public transportation, or other drivers, which is another story in itself.
—Robert Confiant 28 June 2020
- Definition of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy.org, https://www.cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/definition