I don’t know if other blind or partially sighted people would agree with me, but I’m finding it more and more difficult to cross the road. I think it’s a combination of there being a higher volume of traffic on the roads, many car engines are much quieter than they used to be and motorists, like everyone else, just seem to be more impatient and less mindful of other road users and pedestrians. Of course there are always exceptions but these are few and far between
This morning on my way to work I crossed a side road with the main road on my right. When I say main road, it isn’t actually particularly busy. The side road was clear and the main road was slowing up to approach a roundabout, so I crossed. I was about a third of the way across when a car came from the other side of the main road, and because I was on his side of the road, he went down the side road on the wrong side, narrowly missing my dog’s nose and the car that was coming the other way. This led me to wonder, was it really necessary for that driver to rush down that road so quickly, on the wrong side of the road? The main road isn’t busy so he or she could have waited till it was clear and I was out of the road. No harm was done except that I had that lurch in the pit of my stomach caused by knowing that I had had another near miss with a car.
In the past I’ve had cars come so close that they have brushed against me. I’ve had cars slam on the brakes because I just haven’t heard them due to the constant noise of other vehicles around me, and of course I’ve had people shout and swear at me.
Every near miss that I have makes me just that little less sure about crossing the roads. I’m fearful that this situation will only get worse in the future with the introduction of silent electrical cars and continued impatience.