Fearless Friday

Success!!

I was supposed to take my driving test to get approved to drive with hand controls at the DMV on Monday. However they canceled their appointments due to the snow. So I took it yesterday instead. I also got something that’s called a Real ID. According to Homeland Security, “Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver’s license today than before the passage of the Act.”

The driving test consisted of driving on a state highway road, turning onto an artery, going into a quiet neighborhood and performing a three point turn and backing up. Then we drove back to the DMV office. The DMV officer said I did well and I passed! Yahoo!

Here is what the hand controls look like in my car.

I really love the knob on the steering well. It is awesome! I understand it is outlawed for anyone who is not disabled. Too bad! I decided not to use the extension on the turn signal. Since I use my left hand on the steering wheel, it’s just as easy to use the regular turn signal. The extra mirrors really help! With two hands busy it’s hard to turn and look behind me. The right hand is on the piece of equipment that looks like a gearshift. I push forward for break and put back for acceleration. Then when I have to shift gears I use my left hand. I am feeling more and more confident every day!

I so appreciate all of your prayers. It’s been a very interesting journey. I’m so glad I can maintain my independence with these few little changes. Technology is wonderful! I will be adding a page to my blog about the entire process. Keep your eyes open!

I’m going to be away for a while and I will miss you all. I will say now Merry Christmas!!  Remember that Jesus is the only reason we celebrate CHRISTmas! I challenge you to not make it an opportunity to get more stuff or to give more stuff. Remember that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Blessings! 😘😘

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