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Learning to use the bioptic

From: Barb
Email: barbgal@drizzle.com
Date: July 22, 2003
Time: 19:14:52


Whew. What a relief to find this site and be able to post to tell someone of my difficulty!

Today I had a driving lesson, and made what I consider three driving errors because of things I could not see (fast enough). I thought, ohmigod, maybe I will not be able to drive....then I took a look at the slides and information in the presentation on this site.

What I figured out was this: because I drove for more than 20 years, I can manage the car well and do know about how well I will have to see to feel comfortable. However, I don't think we have anything like the WV program here, and so I had set some "rules" for myself, such as how fast I had to be able to look into the monocular, and return my vision to the roadway. It turns out this is the same as recommended in the presentation.

What I was NOT aware of was that I was asking my driver ed trainer to put me in ADVANCED driving situations after only 5 hours behind the wheel. I was finding that there were some simple things that I just did not know, for instance, I need to use the monocular to check out roadway that is in deep shade.

I am also not quick enough yet to be driving in ADVANCED situations. However, I can't afford 40 hours behind the wheel in a driver ed car. So, I guess I am going to continue self-training with the bioptic device in non-driving situations, just to put in hours on getting the half second flick up and down as smooth and reliable as I can.

Thank you so much for this information site.

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