Canada’s Worst Driver 8…the updates

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  1. From my point of view, Flora was the worst of the two, but only by a whisker. Unlike Kevin, Flora doesn’t have a major physical disability that can affect her driving in an adverse way. And yet, she’s completely clueless as to what is around her and what to do on the road.

    As for Kevin, yes he has a disability that can affect his driving, but he too is also in denial over his (lack of) abilities to drive. And what makes me really furious about Kevin is that having only one working eye IS NO EXCUSE for bad driving!

    Like Kevin, my vision is also limited to my left eye. My right eye has no central vision whatsoever; it only has peripheral vision, and even that’s not very good. And I also wear corrective lenses which are an absolute necessity for driving.

    If anything, these deficiencies force me to be much more aware of my surroundings whenever I’m on the road, even double-checking the blind spots on the right side to make sure no one’s there (doesn’t help much with highway speeders who sneak up on you).

    My driving instructor wondered why I was turning my head so much just to look at the rear view mirror until I pointed out it was the only way for my good eye to see what was behind us. No driving school teaches you how to properly deal with a physical deficiency, so I pretty much had to learn “one-eyed driving” on my own. And I’m glad (and a bit scared) to say that I appear to perform much better on the road with my one good eye than too many drivers fail to accomplish with two good eyes.

    I’ve always wondered how I would do on the CWD course with my condition. Would I come anywhere close to repeating Kevin’s (lack of) performance? Or could I demonstrate that, even with a visual deficiency, you can still work out exactly where you are at all times?

    Scott, if you want to experience what it feels like to drive in my world, find an eye patch, and a closed course! 🙂

    • safedriver says:

      Thank you François for your comments. I’ve spent over 20 years understanding what it’s like foe someone with limited sight as I have a family member who had lost the sight in his left eye but still drove quite well. I’ve also had students with the same issues. You’ve done the proper thing and have learned to adjust. As far as your comment that no driving school teaches you how to properly deal with a physical deficiency, you may have needed to search deeper. I’ve done that for over 2 decades, including teaching the deaf how to drive, someone with a missing hand and someone else who had no control of their right foot for pedal use. There are ways to compensate for physical deficiencies, as you put it, but it all starts with wanting to. If Kevin wants to, there is help out there for him. Thanks again for your carefully worded comment.

  2. Colin says:

    Can we have a Canada’s best driver series

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