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swbluto
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12 May 2011, 12:03 am

Conspicuous and another member on another site said that they highly suspected my possession of autism from my language properties, but I was looking through the "What I can't do due to autism" thread and it seemed there were a few common actions that didn't apply to me.

And one of them was that I could definitely drive. Actually, I'm pretty sure my driving is better than 70% of America (In terms of quickness, precision and agility), if only I weren't so cautious.

Does this mean I don't have autism? Or could it be that I could have autism but my high Performance IQ enables me to drive?

Or is it possible that autistic "social communication deficits" and autistic "physical precision"/"gracefulness" are two separate domains of autism and there isn't a tight association between the two?

For now, as to understanding my language abnormalities (And the subsequent impact on social interaction), I'm leaning towards the possibility of a language disorder, maybe schizotypy in origin. I wonder what the similarities and differences between autism and language disorders are?



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12 May 2011, 12:07 am

Yep, that would make sense.

My motor skills are must worse than my social skills. I've never tried driving, but I don't think I'd be very good at it. I crashed a car into the curve many times on a Disney ride when I was 9. (almost 10) I also didn't put the breaks on fast enough and crashed into some other people's cars at the end of the ride.

That is why I stick to bumper cars. :lol:



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12 May 2011, 12:14 am

I'm a fantastic driver (i have a track car), and i used to play many (solo) sports, but my handwriting is atrocious despite intense tuition. Cars/driving has been my most sturdy obession, lasting nearly my entire life, so i have come along way since fumbling around as a learner (scared the hell out of my mum!). :)



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12 May 2011, 12:49 am

I got my learner's permit at 16 and my full license at 18. I would say my driving is no better or worse than most people's.



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12 May 2011, 12:55 am

I took Driver's Ed. when I was seventeen and quit after about a month because I had a bad experience in it.

To this day, I don't drive. I rely on either my parents, cabs, or the generosity of friends to drive me someplace.


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12 May 2011, 12:58 am

I'm 26 I 'tried' to learn to drive, i have had a permit 3 different times. Too stressful for me.



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12 May 2011, 1:43 am

I have a high IQ, but can't drive worth crap... no license.


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12 May 2011, 2:09 am

Jerry Newport worked as a cab driver for some years, so it's not some absolute rule-out for AS. IIRC, Jim Sinclair also drives (but I think is diagnosed with "autistic disorder").



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12 May 2011, 2:10 am

I don't drive. I hate driving. I can't pay attention to the road and the objects on the road at the same time, or at least I couldn't when I tried to learn last.

One of my best friends, who is autistic, does drive.

There's no one trait that can rule out or confirm autism. There is no single acid test. If there were, diagnosis would be a simple matter. As it stands, it's not quite that simple. Nothing you can ask here will tell you yes or no.



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12 May 2011, 2:22 am

I can but don't at the moment as it's cheaper, and I have no real need for a car here.



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12 May 2011, 2:30 am

I drive. I wasn't able to get a car and license until I was 23 due to physical reasons. It's expensive as hell but it's worth it because it's the only relistic way to get anywhere around here.


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12 May 2011, 2:31 am

I can drive, I am probably better than average, though because I am too cautious. Never got any sort of traffic fine in 10+ years of driving. That said I still hate it. If I know where I am going there isn't a problem. Finding my way to new places stresses me out insanely bad. In the few times I've had passengers that like to tell me how to drive, it goes bad. I am stressed and when they give an instruction I just follow it, which can lead to *very* dangerous situations, so at least I am aware of that.



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12 May 2011, 3:34 am

i can drive as well, pretty good too if i may say so.
i did fail my final licence test a few times, but that was becouse i "didn't look into the mirrors", which i didn't need to becouse i knew what was happening around me; often better then my instructor, but the examiner didn't know that :S

admittedly, i have trouble judging distance and speed, so especially with crossing busy roads i'm quite careful, but other then that my driving is just fine.



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12 May 2011, 6:02 am

I drive - I don't necessarily like it, but I can do it. When you learn to drive, you get the advice to always be aware of what's going on and try to anticipate what other people will do. I've never been able to translate this into the real world. People do such unexpected and erratic things that I never feel safe when I'm driving. The actual driving is not as bad as trying to figure out what to do in any given situation when people act in such erratic ways.

Driving does seem to hit almost every autistic weakness, from spacial perception to formal vs unwritten rules to focus to motor control.

Believe it or not, I have an acutely good sense of direction. I guess that's why it's a spectrum.



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12 May 2011, 6:06 am

I can drive, but I didn't get my license til I was 18. I didn't have any motivation to do so earlier and actually let my permit expire. My parents finally convinced me that it'd be a good thing and I learned.


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