|Our new car.|
In fact, trouble with the truck has got me thinking. How do deaf people deal with car trouble? By that I mean all of the audible signals that something is wrong with the car.
I've run into issues with my truck that could have been picked up sooner if I was just able to hear the truck better. A lot of signals cars make end up being high pitched and I just don't hear them. For example, right now my brakes are squealing, but I don't hear anything. I just feel they are grinding when I press on the brake pedal.
The truck also makes a dinging noise if it thinks I left the key in the ignition and have opened the door. 99% of the time I didn't actually leave the key but it thinks I did. (My truck is a little quirky, as you can tell.) Usually I don't hear the dinging right away. I open the door, think I heard something, look around, listen, and finally realize it was dinging.
Luckily my husband is in the truck and drives it often enough that he hears what I don't. But thinking about driving often without someone else giving feedback makes me wish that more cars had visual as well as auditory signals. That wouldn't be practical with things like mechanical failure, when the sound isn't necessarily intentional but something broken. But signals such as the key in the ignition, lights left on, etc. could easily be visually indicated as well.
The new car does a pretty good job of being visual as well as auditory. There's a ton of information on a screen on the dash. The car itself is quiet so any sounds it makes would be unusual. I don't know enough about other cars to know what models are good at visual indicators.
What do you think? How do you handle car trouble?