TELESCOPIC DEVICES AND DRIVING

The author discusses the arguments put forward at a conference jointly organised by the AMA and AAMUM for and against the use of telescopic lens devices as an aid to driving. The major argument against their use is that they create a blind area making them useless for anything except long-range spotting. Other disadvantages claimed include difficulties in changing from telescopic to normal vision and using the rear-view mirror. Also the device makes the judgement of speed and distance difficult. Those in favour of their use contended that records showed that people using them could drive safely. Peripheral view was adequate and the blind area did not cause a problem. It was agreed that vision requirements were more strict than needed for safe driving. The conference recommended that applicants for driving licences should be able to meet legal requirements for visual acuity without the aid of telescopic devices. They also defined a research programme to investigate the performance of these devices under operating conditions. /TRRL/

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    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86

    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86
  • Authors:
    • Hames, L N
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 66-67
  • Serial:
    • Journal of traffic medicine
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine
    • ISSN: 0345-5564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153920
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM