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Busy medium business setting or small metropolitan areas

The first time you complete this exercise use your monocular.  If you have a bioptic, try this exercise a second time to compare the difference.

Exercise2Unlike most residential areas, where there are few traffic lights and generally light vehicle and pedestrian traffic, medium business settings and small metropolitan areas make greater demands on all drivers.  After you feel confident in distance scanning in residential areas, take a drive in a busier setting where there may be multiple lanes of traffic, a variety of traffic lights, one-way streets, and many cars and pedestrians moving into traffic.  Once again as you ride along, let the driver know what you spot and when using the distance scanning technique. As you are traveling, look ahead as far as possible and comment on these things:

  • Stops signs, traffic signs, traffic lights and other warning lights
  • Pedestrians approaching the street to cross
  • Vehicles approaching from the opposite direction
  • Vehicles traveling beside and in front of you on a multi-lane road
  • Vehicles turning into the street from other streets or driveways
  • Things that must be maneuvered around like delivery trucks and vans parked on the street
  • Hazards, animals or objects in the street

Considering your observations, answer these questions:

  • How was this experience different from driving in a quiet residential area for you?
  • What things that were difficult for you to spot?
  • What did you find confusing or surprising about the roadways, pedestrian traffic, or vehicle traffic?
  • Did you see any potential collision “traps”?  If so, what would have been your “out”?
  • What things did you specifically need to use your monocular or bioptic to see?
  • Did the weather, light or other uncontrollable conditions impact your performance?
  • What skills do you most need to work on related to driving with low vision?

Developed by TSBVI Outreach Programs based on materials provided by Chuck Huss, COMS, Driver Rehabilitation Specialist with the West Virginia Bioptic Driving Program

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