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Are deaf people allowed to drive?

What if I wear earplugs?

by Anonymousreply 1203/01/2013

Yes, they are. I was reading about some transable freak who likes to sim that she is deaf and she came close to getting caught as a phony when some car almost backed into her and honked loudly. She had to not look back at the honk and almost got hit.

by Anonymousreply 102/28/2013

You need hearing to drive? I'd be more worried eyes and missing limbs.

by Anonymousreply 202/28/2013

Yes. I'm profoundly deaf from birth in the UK and I was able to drive. I just sense/feel rather than hear the clutch. It didn't affect my insurance either.

You're not supposed to use the horn in most cases anyway so I think that's a bit of a red herring. As a counter, deaf people likely have better peripheral vision (google studies on deaf cats).

by Anonymousreply 302/28/2013

[quote]She had to not look back at the honk

What's it like in Doofville, R1? Has the weather been transable lately?

by Anonymousreply 402/28/2013

Deaf people have high accident rates, but so few deaf people drive that you don't hear much about it.

by Anonymousreply 502/28/2013

My cousin drives and he's deaf. I wouldn't get near a car with him behind the wheel. Just sayin'.

by Anonymousreply 602/28/2013

I would think that motorcyclists have the most to be worried with deaf drivers. Most of the time we hear them before we even see them, especially when they're weaving in and out of traffic.

by Anonymousreply 702/28/2013

Can blind people sing?


How will they fare on Judge Judy?

How can they sign road rage and keep their hands safely on the wheel - is one finger enough?

I would rather a deaf person drive than a dumb person ask such questions.

If a tree falls in the forest.............

by Anonymousreply 802/28/2013

R8, the question is valid. There are situations in driving where sound cues can be important to help prevent accidents. Deaf people can likely drive safely in most circumstances but there are times when deafness can contribute to a mishap.

by Anonymousreply 902/28/2013


I know it is a valid question and I am not usually so flippant.

I am just not sure why it is being discussed out here.

Don't you know what you will get for your earnestness?

What about people who are texting..

What about people with a headset on....

Why in the hell are deaf people allowed to drive - that's crazy, they can't hear!

What happens when they are in traffic court...

On and on, have at it.

by Anonymousreply 1002/28/2013

R5 that is not true.. what is your source?

by Anonymousreply 1103/01/2013

Both of my parents were completely deaf since infancy and drove their entire lives - never one accident. Not even a fender bender.

by Anonymousreply 1203/01/2013
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