Tips and Advice for Drivers with Dyslexia
by Tracy East
is a common learning disability that afflicts
almost 10% of the population, including famous
minds like Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, and
Albert Einstein. While usually associated with
difficulties in reading, writing and spelling,
dyslexia can also affect us outside of the classroom.
can be a stressful task for dyslexics. Left and
right are often confused, and the struggle to
read highway signs while negotiating heavy traffic
can be frustrating. How can we help?
When giving directions to a dyslexic driver, use
visual images to describe the route. For example,
"Turn left at the green house with white
Make instructions vivid but brief. Many dyslexics
have difficulties with long sequences of information.
out places to safely stop along the way. Dyslexic
drivers may have trouble sustaining concentration
over a long time.
Describe visible landmarks or elapsed time to
help gauge distances. For example, "After
about an hour's drive, you'll reach the town of
When driving with a dyslexic, keep conversation
to a minimum. Turn off the radio or listen quietly
on headphones so you don't disturb their concentration.
that all drivers should allow enough time for
that day's road conditions as well as any unforeseen
events. Rushing to make an appointment isn't worth
the risk of a collision.