BEHIND THE WHEEL AGAIN!
On Monday 6th May 2019 the Stafford Advanced Motorists are
holding a Driving Day at Seighford Airfield with a difference – the Drivers are
Registered Blind people!
The day provides a rare opportunity for those people who are Registered
Blind or partially sighted to get behind the wheel of a production car and
actually drive it. An Observer from Stafford Advanced Motorists
provides a demonstration ride round the carefully planned circuit to give the
Blind Driver a “feel” for the course before moving over to the passenger seat.
The Blind Driver then takes control of the vehicle and follows the instructions
of the Observer. Family members and friends join in the fun and often travel
round the circuit in the back seats of the vehicle. Additionally, people can
have an opportunity or being driven round the circuit in a vintage car.
Each Driver is given a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the run.
This started in 2003 and the event this year is again supported by
Stafford Hyundai, Bristol Street Motors, and Staffordshire
County Council Fleetcare who have provided automatic cars
and by DriveMe.Net who are providing all the Circuit facilities.
Les McDowell, Chairman of the Stafford Group of Advanced Motorists,
“We really appreciate all the help and support of our sponsors
in bringing together all the necessary elements in making this fun
It gives all of us involved real satisfaction to see how much this type of event
is enjoyed by those who are unable to drive.”