There's a difference??? I'm not thinking about the Deaf improving the quality of driving with special devices, but what about using devices to improve the quality of access to information on the road???
Bjcomix, interesting thought about devices that alert of certain noises on the street. I would want to know where the noises come from, though, and what they are. I think it is very important to contact for help if you're out of gas or stuck in nowhere. I have an emergency number I can SMS with my cellphone. How to communicate with police or other people in tense situations?
My inlaws used their experience on the road as a standard to judge my driving with; they rely on their hearing a lot and cannot fathom the idea of not being able to rely on hearing. There are probably existing hardships for them. While I can understand that, they also have to understand that I have adapted to drive with other senses. People have to allow for that instead of using rigid, prejudiced standards. I have driven since I was 15.8 years old.
I have driven in very dangerous conditions (snow, wind and zero visibility in the mountains) earlier this Feb where my inlaws wouldn't have dared to go. I made the 6 hour trip alone there and back in one piece. Inlaws never questioned my driving ability after that again.
Kuifje, I hope I didn't scare you too much with my driving when you were here