If you’ve only just come across our charity and the incredible driving experiences we provide for blind and disabled people, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether what we offer is completely safe. The answer is yes, it’s 100% safe.
At Speed of Sight we’ve been changing the lives of disabled people for over 8 years and the only thing more important to us than providing these amazing experiences is our drivers’ safety. Without our careful attention to detail, our track days simply wouldn’t be possible, but thankfully we have a large team of dedicated people who all come together to ensure our drivers feel the full experience of driving while doing so in complete and utter safety. Here’s how we keep our drivers safe.
Every driver will be accompanied by a driving instructor to ensure the safety of the person behind the wheel and many of our track-day instructors are also professional driving instructors, so they certainly know a thing or two about driving safely. All of our vehicles are operated using a dual steering system and the instructor also has a kill-switch that can be used to take full control of the car if necessary.
Communication is key, which is why whenever someone comes for a driving experience with us, they’ll be wired up to a headset so they can communicate with their instructor when they’re driving around the track. This helps to ensure the instructor can pass on any instructions safely and efficiently, while also allowing the driver to ask any questions or get clarification if they’re a little unsure of anything.
If you’re a fan of motorsports, you may have seen the people stood on the side of the track in Formula 1 waving the red and green flags. They’re called track marshals and it’s their job to keep an eye on things to make sure everyone’s safe. Some members of our team are trackside marshals when they’re not volunteering with us, and they use their expertise to help keep our drivers safe while they’re on the track with us.
Helmets & gloves
In addition to the aforementioned safety measures we’ve put in place, all drivers will also be given a helmet and a pair of gloves. Anyone enjoying a track day experience with us will also be offered cushions to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible while speeding round the track.
Without the work of all our volunteers and the amazing sponsorship we receive from all of our donors, we simply wouldn’t be able to put these track days on for our drivers. If you’re interested in offering some support, please get in touch with a member of our team today as we’d be delighted to hear from you.