Q&A - Failed Because of Not Shoulder Checking
My father, who just turned 80, is undergoing a mandatory drivers' exam next month. He did not pass the previous one, largely due to insufficient shoulder checks, according to the score sheet he was given.
He has fairly severe osteoarthritis, which limits his ability to twist the cervical spine, and long-standing severe lumbar degenerative disc disease, which compromises torsional movements in his lower spine. This is the reason he can't really do shoulder checks.
However, I have heard of adaptive mirrors for drivers with mobility impairments which can supplement a restricted shoulder check and give a clear view of blind spots and nearby potential danger situations.
Can you tell me:
a) whether these adaptive mirrors are available in Canada and, if so, from where; and
b) is there any documentation my father could get, perhaps from his GP or an OT, that would verify for the driving examiner that my father is physically limited in his ability to do shoulder checks, that the special adaptive mirrors compensate for this, and that he should be allowed to use them as a proxy for a full shoulder check in his driving exam?
Any advice or pointers you could offer would be greatly appreciated.