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Are you a good driver?
Yes 43%  43%  [ 282 ]
Fairly 26%  26%  [ 172 ]
Not so much 11%  11%  [ 74 ]
No 20%  20%  [ 130 ]
Total votes : 658

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15 Jan 2008, 8:18 pm

Driving is a very important skill to have in the modern world, especially for people who don't live in large cities or don't have access to mass transportation. I'm such a person.

Now, I've heard lots about how aspies supposedly aren't good drivers, and I have seen several threads that support that position.

But that doesn't mean that all aspies are bad drivers. Take my father, for instance, who, I am 99.999% certain, has Aspergers. He's actually a very good driver--in fact, he had aspirations of becoming an amateur race driver back in the mid- to late-'70s, and perhaps into the early '80s (and, as far as I know, still has an interest in becoming one.)

Another example is myself. Now, granted, I only hold a learner's permit (which means that I can only drive with a licensed adult in the front seat) and have only held it for seven months or so. But everyone compliments my driving; even my driving instructors were very impressed when I was driving (and that was in August, when I only had had my permit for maybe 2 1/2 months, and had extremely little experience behind the wheel.)

What I'm wondering is, are my dad and I extremely rare as good aspie drivers, or are there others like us out there?

EDIT: Unfortunately, the "I don't drive" option seems to have been cut off of the poll. I wish there was a way to reinsert it.



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15 Jan 2008, 8:21 pm

I am 32 and don't drive....but there are plenty Aspies who do..and plenty who are good drivers.



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15 Jan 2008, 8:23 pm

I failed my behind the wheel test due to nervousness but, when I was practicing for it, I became quite good. It was frustrating because there are so many idiots out there on the road.



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15 Jan 2008, 8:30 pm

Got my full license at 17, the earliest it is legal here. Not easy as testers are very biased against age in this country.
I have driven safely for 7 years since and think I am quite a good driver.
I see no reason that aspergers would effect ones diving, unless it was something external, such as the noise on roads.
I myself prefer night driving as the sunlight hurts my eyes a lot. But give me sun-glasses and I can drive for hours on end, on either side of the road, Left or Right.



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15 Jan 2008, 8:32 pm

I aced my driving exam. I drive based on a series of rules which I feel maximize my safety and the safety of those around me. Never been in a collision with another vehicle.



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15 Jan 2008, 8:38 pm

I am an excellent driver, and have been for 10 years. My auto insurance was once reduced for a perfect driving record. :salut: However, when others were passengers in my car, they claimed that my driving made them nervous. Go figure. :roll:


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15 Jan 2008, 9:33 pm

I don't drive, but I think I'd be a pretty good - albeit careful - driver.


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15 Jan 2008, 9:43 pm

I don't drive. I can't maintain enough focus to be able to do it safely. On the other hand, I'm a competent cyclist because I enjoy it so much.



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15 Jan 2008, 9:44 pm

I'm a good drive. I really like drive, especially after a long day at work. However, I've learned how to live life without a car when I'm at college because I don't have car there. However, the only thing I have trouble with is I can't drive a stick-shift car which I'm going to have to learn to drive at some point for my summer job. I don't feel comfortable drive a stick-shift and I have the fear of stalling in the middle of a intersection. Oh, well. I'll learn to get over it sometime.



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15 Jan 2008, 9:46 pm

I'm an above average driver, but I've had my share of tickets and accidents - more than I'd like, unfortunately. :(
Being a college student can do that to ya. 8)


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15 Jan 2008, 10:19 pm

For the record, I haven't even gotten a SCRATCH on my my car in over 10 years. I didn't even get a ticket. Just today, about 5 people almost TRIED to hit me. 4 moved into my lane FEET away from me. 1 actually tried to move to where I was! I honked my horn 5 times, and he decided to WAIT!

I usually don't have that kind of luck. USUALLY I go MONTHS, or even YEARS, before someone is THAT stupid. But I saw the problem, and corrected to avoid a problem, and got another to correct.

It is also VERY rare for me to do anything like that, and I never let it get as far as any of those guys.



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15 Jan 2008, 10:31 pm

I passed my driving test within 3 months, but have never really driven as do not like driving and find really difficuly...

Have been told this is because of my associated conditions DYSPRAXIA and Dyslexia!
http://asplanet.info/forum/index.php?topic=5.0


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15 Jan 2008, 10:38 pm

I dislike driving and having to do a lot of it fatigues me



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15 Jan 2008, 10:43 pm

Yeah I'm going to agree with asplanet and Obres. I have a license but don't drive much. It is difficult because of multitasking, dyspraxia, and poor depth perception.



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15 Jan 2008, 11:02 pm

I drive - I never thought I'd get the hang of it, but now I really enjoy it. I'm not great though. I'm fairly cautious - I don't speed all that much, and I'm not real aggressive. I try to stay to places I'm familiar with. When I get to an unfamiliar intersection, sometimes I really screw up,and I'm lucky I haven't had an accident, just scraped a few things. When there aren't clear signals and I have to decide when to go, I freak out and screw up. I have a lot of trouble with judging the space around my car - i park like 4 feet away from gas pumps . I cant really back into anything, and getting out of parking spaces can be a nightmare. I get 'stuck' in spaces and all that. Anything where I have to judge can be an issue lol - but just driving and stuff I'm fine with.