Between January 1988 and December 1990, 1566 people with disabilities attended Banstead Mobility Centre for a driving assessment. All those assessed were surveyed one year later. Those who were driving were asked to complete a further questionnaire to provide information on driving experiences in the one and two years after assessment. The report analyses the personal characteristics of those driving within the period of the survey and the benefits of driving for their lifestyles. The majority of drivers emphasise that being able to drive increases independent mobility and reduces dependence on family, friends and local agencies. The report describes the types of cars and adaptations used, sources of finance, mileage, the purpose of car journeys and the accidents or driving incidents experienced. The primary use of a car was found to be for shopping and visiting friends or relatives, the mean mileage reported being approximately five thousand miles each year. (A)

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