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Quiet residential area

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.

Quiet residential street as seen from the driver's seat.Residential driving is often considered easier and safer because of the slow speeds.  However, they can provide as many or more challenges to safety.  Many more cars, people, animals and objects can suddenly appear in your path. There are four-way stops, yield signs, school crossings. Drive through a quiet residential area and as you use your monocular or bioptic comment on what you see to include:

  • Stops signs and other traffic signs
  • Pedestrians near or in the street
  • Vehicles approaching from the opposite direction
  • Vehicles turning into the street from other streets or driveways
  • Hazards, animals or objects in the street

Considering your observations, answer these questions:

  • What did looking farther down the road allow you to do?
  • What things were difficult for you to spot?
  • What things surprised you while you were scanning at a distance?
  • Did you see any potential collision “traps”?  If so, what would have been your “out”?
  • Did you feel comfortable using your monocular or bioptic during this exercise?  If not what skills do you think you need to practice?
  • Did the weather, amount of 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, 2015.

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