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  • Nov 13th 2012 at 12:31PM
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We've met plenty of people in our time that can't quite master the act of driving. Legs and feet operating the pedals and arms and hands sawing away at the wheel – it's really not that difficult, right?

But what if you're two limbs short of the typical allotment? That would surely complicate matters... but would a lack of arms make operating a motor vehicle impossible? Apparently not.

Tisha Shelton, known on YouTube as Tisha UnArmed, is a 26-year-old woman who was born with no arms. But she doesn't let a lack of limbs keep her from living her life the way she wants, and she shows the world's inquiring minds how it's done on video – and that includes driving along with going through a drive-thru, shopping, wearing makeup, eating sushi with chopsticks and even taking a shower. It's impressive, to say the least.

And now for the big question: Is it safe for a person who was born without arms to drive on public roads? Clearly, Tisha has a driver's license, meaning she was able to pass whatever tests her state of Missouri required, and so far, she apparently hasn't demonstrated herself to be more dangerous than other motorists. That said, feel free to express your own opinion (and please keep the comments clean and fair, folks) in our unscientific poll, but not before seeing how she does it in the included videos below.

Is it safe for a person with no arms to drive in public?
Yes, if she can pass her state's tests. 4998 (55.9%)
No. 2512 (28.1%)
I have no idea. 1432 (16.0%)

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, she can't text and drive which makes her safer than a large majority of other numb nuts on the road. In all seriousness, if she can pass the tests there's no reason she shouldn't be allowed to drive. The lack of two limbs doesn't mean she is mentally incapable of driving like the large majority of people in this country are.
        • 2 Years Ago
        You are comparing her with the lowest denominator isn't saying much in her favor......
        • 2 Years Ago
        While I believe the test should be a lot, and I do mean a lot, harder, if she can pass it then I have no problem with her being on the road. She seems, as you noted, safer the half the morons we encounter on a daily basis. So more power to her.
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least I can guarantee that while driving Tisha won't be: Texting Reading Putting on makeup Shaving All of which I've witnessed this month on my commute
        • 2 Years Ago
        Shaving? Wow people are dumb.... (not you btw; the shaving driver)
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see any reason why she shouldn't be able to drive. Ok, yes she probably would not be able to react as effectively to an emergency situation that required sharp turning, but in reality, the fact that she can't text/call/eat and drive already places her ability to react a good deal above a large portion of the public. As long as she's able to hit the brakes instantly, which it appears she can, then I say let her drive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Though I am thoroughly impressed and love her attitude, driving is serious business and she is at risk in a dicey situation. But I bet she pays more attention to what's going on then a lot of people, so it's a tough call.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really tough call because any argument for or against only tells part of the story. There are always but's, if's. Sure she will not be able to respond to an emergency situation as well as "norms", but am I willing to take a small risk (in this case) if it means giving a person their freedom. We all take that risk when we drive and all the safety regulations that the government has mandated has lowered fuel economy and styling cannot be wasted by playing it safe.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving safely is much more a matter of paying attention and not pulling stupid crap behind the wheel. She won't be texting and driving, and she's not trying hot laps of the Nurburgring, so I think it's fine for her to drive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well she probably drives better than these teens that drive with both hands on the phone and eyes off the road.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for her! That's awesome that she's not insecure about it. Can't say I'd be the same way. Very impressive. As far as safety, I have mixed feelings. While she's clearly capable of driving, if her leg was at the top of the steering wheel when the airbag deployed, she'd break her leg as well as her face. Hats off to her, though, for obviously not giving up a 'normal' life at the cost of her arms
        Just Stuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        You expressed the same thing I was thinking, she could be seriously injured if the airbag deployed. The fact she has no arms makes her more of a safe driver that most people as she can't fiddle with a phone, radio, read the paper, shave or any of the other dumb things I've see people do while attempting to drive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      She can probably drive just fine normally, but I wonder how she would fare in emergency situations. But in the end, I doubt she's much more of a danger than the average driver (maybe even less). And the way she works with her foot is very impressive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see both sides of the argument. She is obviously capable of driving very competently, and as others have said, she is probably a lot more focused driver than the vast majority of drivers on the road because she can't afford to be distracted. It's pretty damn impressive actually. But her capability IS reduced. Feet simply don't have the same capability as hands, no matter how amazingly well developed, and in an emergency situation she is not going to be able to react with the same level of competence from a physical standpoint, because she is incapable of performing as many simultaneous tasks. But I still voted yes, because she seems much more alert, focused, and coordinated than the vast majority of the people on the road, so she already has a leg up (rimshot please) on most of them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think it's safe, but at the same time I don't think that half the people that pass some state drivers tests should be on the road. They're ridiculously easy (at least for us 4 limbed souls). Fair is fair though; if she passed the tests then enjoy the road.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have little doubt she's any less safe than your average driver. And therefore, she's just as deserving as anyone else to hold a driving license based on the testing methods in which drivers are deemed worthy today. What some disabled people are able to do with their feet is very impressive and cool (and to be expected if you've ever thought about it). However ideally (hah), she's 1 limb shy of being able to execute accident avoidance maneuvers, therefore it's very difficult to say what she (or most other drivers who don't know how to do it with all their limbs) is doing is safe by definition. As awesome as her mastery of her feet is, she simply can not fully grip the wheel and pull/push it for maximum control and optimal reaction. I think if she had controls like someone without usable legs had (electronic/hydraulic throttle/braking), it would be easier to say she is safe, but what I'm seeing here is one leg for gas/brake and one for steering and there's a reason why they say "two hands on the wheel". I'm actually a bit surprised that she doesn't have some other form of seatbelt, I would think holding one leg up like she does and the lack of arms would make it extremely easy for her to submarine under hard braking. I suspect there is an ideal assisted setup she could use that would make her just as safe as any well educated driver, though within the next decade the issue will be less and less moot with the continued intrusion of automated driving systems. What I think was the most impressive was her ability to take the soda's and put them down without squeezing them too hard that the top pops off and spills everywhere! I can't even do that with hands, let alone arms. Speaking of which her shirt (at the beginning) is awesome.
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