Can Deaf People Drive?

Deaf people can drive and are just as competent as drivers with no hearing impairment.

Deaf people rely more on visual stimuli to compensate for hearing loss. Hence – they are more visually alert than people who can hear. They can’t hear sirens from emergency service vehicles such as ambulances and police cars but they rely on their rear view mirror a lot to spot them visually instead.

Statistics show that there are minimal accidents caused by deaf drivers. Deaf drivers don’t have the usual distractions as hearing people such as fiddling with buttons on radio stations and chatting on mobile phones

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