Blind Americans are at a great disadvantage, since they can not drive
cars on U.S. Highways. Yet, these people could be traveling our roads
and highways if all roads and highways had braille markings on their
pavement. These braille strips would be attached to the pavement in the
center of each lane. Blind drivers would have specially equipped cars,
which have a hole in the floor, next to the drivers seat. The blind
driver could then slip their hand into this hole, and read the braille
markings on the road, telling them when to turn, the speed limit, and
other valuable road information. The car would also speak the current
speed as noted on the speedometer, and the language could be adjusted to
speak English, Spanish, or other languages.
Why are we neglecting the Blind in America?
They need to drive to their jobs, and need to get out to do some
Support the Blind, insist that your community install braille road
strips on all roads and highways.
Correct, but all gas stations would need to have braille gas pumps too.
As the price and gallon numbers change, there would be a rotating wheel,
on the handle of the nozzle, with braille to feel how much gas was being
put into the vehicle.
On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9:47:35 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
I'm not sure of the age I would use, but at some point there should be a driving test
required for anyone over say 65, maybe 70, 75. I'm well past middle age and you if
want to start testing me now, feel free. Pull my license when it's no longer safe for me
to be on the road.
I can't say for sure if I'll ever hand it in on my own...and I won't know until the time comes.
If I won't, then someone should pull it for me. A road test is the only way to stop some people
At 71 I still drive better than most. I hope I'm smart enough to know
when I'm done. I do see some older people that should not be behind the
wheel though. OTOH, I know some people that should not be driving at 30.
Only test required in Delaware to get a drivers license renewed is eye
test and you do it at the the renewal window just reading one line in a
viewer. You can get 5 or 8 years which they say is random lottery. My
wife got 8, I got 5.
But they can pull your license for some offense or maybe doctor says you
cannot drive anymore. Don't know if doctors can report this to the state.
Classmate in Florida told us at a reunion that he had just bought a new
car and doctor told him that he was not allowed to drive any more.
I've been taking the defensive driving renewal course every three year
for insurance savings. They said that the average person stops driving
about 5 years before the end of their life.
With the advent of self driving cars you might be able to drive for
life. Just sit in the car and tell the car where to go. Sit back, turn
the TV on, pop a beer and enjoy the ride.
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