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    I am thinking of Driving again....

    I thought long and hard about this, although my C-7 injury is not from driving. I haven't driven in four years and now want to get back out just for my own independence. I know I will have to learn to drive all over again because I need those assistive steering wheels and brakes to help because my right side is much weaker then my left.

    Can anyone tell me how it was for you when you go back behind the wheel again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrl
    I thought long and hard about this, although my C-7 injury is not from driving. I haven't driven in four years and now want to get back out just for my own independence. I know I will have to learn to drive all over again because I need those assistive steering wheels and brakes to help because my right side is much weaker then my left.

    Can anyone tell me how it was for you when you go back behind the wheel again?
    Probably the biggest consideration you might need to consider will be dollars, given that a van you would need would be $60K - new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrl
    Can anyone tell me how it was for you when you go back behind the wheel again?
    It was easy to get used to & easy to learn... but then again I had no concerns about it, just knew that I wanted to drive again.

    I wouldn't say an expensive van is your only option. Work on strengthening your muscles so you can use as little adaptations as possible.

    I have a C6 injury (functional @ C7) & just picked up a '96 BMW 318ti for $3500.

    There are ways to make it work. Go for it!

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    i drive all the time i bought a dodge pickup had the braun converision big mistake on my part i was not strong enough to wheel my manual up the ramp
    plus when i was able to get someone to push me in the eazy lock never worked right but i did love my truck sold t for a loss bought a used van that i trandfer to seat and drive. but i go in forward not backwards.
    people always stare, and say the stupids things
    yep i have slipped twice hit the floor and had to use cell for help

    alsi i had a front tire blow out running 75 in the show off lane at 5am guess what you can cal 911 and they wil change it for you

    have fun i am c6c7 i went back to drive 6month after i got hurt

    i bought my van for 13500

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    Thumbs up

    What ever route you take - Getting back behind the wheel will be the best decision of your SCI life.

    Go for it!

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    Not sure where you are from, but look into the procedure required by your state dmv. And start that process right away, it can be lengthy.


    eta ... but go for it. It is the single most thing I have done to get back to the old "me".
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    With help from VR, I just got a modified Dodge Grand Caravan. It's been a little over a year since my injury. I would certainly recommend getting a driving evaluation and some training if possible. I tried to attach a pic, but it doesn't seem to be working. I'm new here and still trying to figure things out.

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    DO IT!!!!!!!!! I waited about three and a half years post and looking back on it, I wish I had done it sooner. So much more freedom and independence. Yeah it cost a bit but the price is definitely worth it. Look into the vocational rehab department in your area. They may be able to help. Certain car dealers may actually reduce prices on certain types of vehicles. Best of luck!!!!

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    I couldn't wait to get behind the wheel again, so I didn't wait long.

    It took me about 2 practice runs before I was comfortable and about 6 before I took my test.

    I drive from my powerchair and have a Sienna van.

    You should contact your local Department of Rehab Serices and they can get you going.

    Don't be scared, it's easier than you think. I actually think I am a better driver now as far as reflexes, but I joke that I have a lead hand now.

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    I just got my license back last week. I am very excited about the freedoms that I will be able to enjoy now. I had a thread about the process I went through to get back on the road:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=95356

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