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Highway and interstate travel

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.

View from the driver's seat of a multi-lane highway.Your next challenge is highway and interstate travel.  One of the greatest challenges for any driver is long drives on unfamiliar roadways.  Interstate highways involve high speeds (and often heavy traffic) and unpredictable drivers.  County roads and two- or four-lane highways have various speeds, more traffic entering from driveways and roadsides, vehicles that move slowly like tractors or construction vehicles, and other vehicles passing to get ahead of you.  Factors like fatigue and changing light have great impact on any driver.  For your next exercise with your monocular or bioptic, take about an hour’s drive along various county roads, state highways and interstate highways. While you ride along look ahead as far as possible and comment on:

  • The contour of roadways (i.e. hills, curves, dips in the road) 
  • Restricted sight distances, road narrowing, narrow bridge ahead, changes in pavement markings, etc.
  • Traffic signs and lights
  • Speed and driving patterns of cars ahead of and passing you

Considering your observations, answer these questions:

  • What was more fatiguing about this experience from the other driving exercises you have complete prior to this?
  • What aspects of the roadways did you find challenging or think might be a challenge if you were behind the wheel?
  • Did most drivers obey the speed limit and other traffic laws?
  • What unexpected things did you spot along the roadways?
  • What potential “collision traps” did you discover along the way?  How would you handle them if you were actually driving?  For example, choosing to brake suddenly, swerve out of the way, reduce your speed, change lanes, etc.
  • How was your vision impacted by glare, dirt on your windshield, lights, etc.?
  • What did you find that was distracting or potentially distracting while traveling?
  • 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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Bioptic Driving: Passenger-in-car Skills

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