Saturday, March 27, 2010

The visually impaired can now experience driving on tracks

BLIND and partially-sighted drivers will be able to get behind the wheel of a car and put their foot down in an annual challenge.

The fifth annual Guide Dog’s Blind Drive Challenge takes place at the Nissan factory on Wearside on June 6.

The event allows visually impaired drivers to try out the test track with the help of BSM driving instructors in dual control cars.

In previous years, some drivers have reached speeds of more than 90mph during the event, which aims to raise around £14,000 for charity.

Sighted drivers can also try out the track while wearing a blindfold.

The event is thought to be unique and gives people with vision problems the chance to drive again or even for the first time.

Claire Devine, district fundraiser for Guide Dogs in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear said: "This is a unique and exciting event which is a fantastic experience for both visually impaired and sighted participants.

"Guide Dogs receives no funding other than that provided by donations and legacies so every penny raised is vital in maintaining the independence and confidence a guide dog affords their visually impaired owner."

Participants, who must be over the age of 14, are asked to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship.

To book a place, contact Claire Devine at or 07990 540176.


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