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Driving Update » Blogging AS an Aspie
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Matt has Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is writing this blog so that people can gain more of an insight into how people with the condition process thoughts, feel emotions, react to situations and generally handle life.
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27 Feb 08 Driving Update

I know I haven’t posted on here for a while – oops!

Anyway, Sunderland should be rather fearful, for I have now been on most roads within the city, including some national speed limit roads. And I’ve also been over quite a number of pedestrian crossings, too.

I find my instructor is very approachable, and a really nice guy. He’s easy to get along with, and we have some good small-talk, something Aspies typically find hard. Some of the things I struggle with are roundabouts – this is possibly having to do so much at once (look for gap, anticipate timing, check mirror, change gear, check mirror, signal, select lane, check mirror, stop, change gear, move off, change gear, steer in one direction, steer in the opposite direction, check mirror, give signal, steer in opposite direction). But, with all things, I think a little bit of practice will get me there!

“Born on a Blue Day”

I have recently read Daniel Tammet’s autobiography (as you will have noticed by the link on the left to his website, Optimnem). I found something in there related to driving. Tammet says he has not learned to drive, because in his opinion, Aspies generally find this much more challenging than neurotypicals. This is due, in part, to the need to concentrate on many different things simultaneously. I agree with this statement, generally, but I find it easy to process the different things simultaneously. I would, however, say that it is advisable for Aspies to communicate with their driving instructor at the earliest opportunity about their Asperger’s Syndrome, and particularly how it affects them. They can then adapt their teaching if necessary to help you!

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