Improving road safety together

Blind Spot Lesson for children with visual impairment

Rotterdam, 5 April 2022 - Watch out for the blind spot of a truck is already a challenge if you have good eyes. If you are blind or visually impaired, that seems impossible to do. But it’s not.

Dutch traffic and road safety organisation Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN) recently organised blind spot lessons at Visio in Rotterdam, a primary school for blind and visually impaired children. VVN was assisted by Den Hartogh drivers Bert van Vliet and Rese van der Woude. They brought two trucks and the demo container to let the kids feel how big a truck and a tank container are.

With a five meter long rope, the children could ‘feel’ how you can safely stay out of the blind spot of a large vehicle. That is: stay at least 3 meters away, stay on the right and stay well behind. They could also try out the horn and take a seat behind the wheel.

It was a great day for both kids and adults, learning by doing an having fun while doing it. We are very happy to have contributed in this way to improving road safety.

For the first time in its history the Dutch traffic and road safety organisation Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN) organised blind spot lessons for visually impaired and blind children at Visio Education in Rotterdam together with an enthusiastic Den Hartogh team.