Blind and deaf drivers defy the odds in Poland
Some of the drivers were completely deaf and blind, while those who had some hearing or sight wore masks and headphones to level the playing field. Drivers were accompanied by co-pilots, experienced instructors who donated their time from various driving schools who communicated with the drivers via touch alone. A tap to the right side of a knee meant the driver should turn right, for example. For safety reasons, the instructors could also stop the car at any point.
The winner of the day's races was Kamila Dobrzynska, who is blind in one eye and partially deaf. She made it up to 30 miles per hour by the end of the course and completed it with flying colors. She told AFP that driving was an exercise in trust. "It's a weird feeling. There's fear," she said. "You don't know where you are, so your ears and eyes are those of the instructor. You need to have total confidence in him," she told AFP.
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