Do Deaf Drivers Know When A Cop Is Behind Them?
When I drive, my music is usually playing, and it is pretty loud. Therefore I cannot hear anything that is going on outside of the car. Even when it’s off, I cannot hear the police siren behind me. Usually I am looking at the mirrors every five minutes to see if anyone is driving too close . That’s one way how I find out of there happens to be a cop behind me.
If someone is blowing their car horn at me, I can’t hear it unless they honk it more than 3 times. Sometimes when the other driver is honking at you, they will give you an angry wave if you don’t respond to their beeping . It would be helpful if all deaf people would keep a deaf visor card in their car.
I put a Visor Card in my car so that if a cop ever pulls me over, it explains that I am hard of hearing so that the cop will know. It also tells the cop how to communicate with me properly. What I could use is a big waterproof sticker that says I’m deaf and stick it on the back of my car. And one for the front too if needed. Except I don’t know where to get these things. I hope someday someone will invent these kind of stickers for the deaf drivers to help keep them safe on the road.
- Mirror, (hand) signal, manoeuvre: Meet the driving instructor teaching deaf people to drive through sign language (menmedia.co.uk)
- Why New York Doesn’t Need ‘Don’t Honk’ Signs (motherboard.vice.com)