Do Deaf Drivers Know When A Cop Is Behind Them?

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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.
hornIf 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.

cartoon of hornI 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.

http://www.rcil.org/index.php/advocacy/success-stories/82-new-visor-card-assists-police-deaf-communications

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About wanda4848

I was born deaf. The doctors thought I could hear, but my parents couldn't get me to learn to talk. When I was three, my mom took me to an audiologist who concluded I was deaf. That's when I got my first pair of hearing aids and took speech therapy to learn to talk.

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