Deaf Drivers Can Burn Out Clutches
Hard of hearing and Deaf Drivers Burnout their Clutch
Deaf Drivers-I realise that this is a sweeping statement and that people have varying levels of deafness, in fact, I am a little deaf, probably due to my disco days, when they used to blast your ears out
every weekend. According to the following website…http://qef.org.uk/our-services/qef-mobility-services/driving-school/driving-deaf-people deaf or hard of hearing as some like to be called can learn how to change gear by the feel of the engine’s vibration. The different vibrations coming from the different engine speeds can teach the driver when to change gear.
This advice is given to hard of hearing drivers. So, who are just learning how to drive. But I think that the problem is when the elderly driver becomes deafer with age. We have one customer in particular who is profoundly deaf, Consequently, but refuses to accept it.
He first came to us with a clutch problem about five years ago. Since he fell out with his old garage. So about the fact that they would not change his worn out clutch under warranty. He had the clutch fitted about a year earlier and he had burned it out.
Although most quality clutches come with a 2 year guarantee
Of course, this does not cover wear and tear due to bad clutch control. But the guy did not think that he was doing anything wrong. Slowly, the deafness had crept up on him and he could not hear the engine noises.Telling him when he should change gear ! He had become one of the millions of deaf drivers on our roads.
The first time that he came to us we fitted an LUK Clutch. Which incidentally we usually use ! We think that they are one of the best products on the market and cover a great range of cars. The clutch was fitted and the customer paid his account and went on his way.
We could not believe the noise that his engine made when he set off. It was a miracle that his Peugeot 206 didn’t blow the engine up. He could not hear the engine noise and the engine were revved up twice as much as it should have been, very similar to a learner driver who tries to drive for the very first time. To our surprise, he forced the gear into first and the car took a jump before setting off, we knew it would not be long before we saw him again.
Clutch failed again a year later !
True enough about a year later, the Peugeot 206 CC turned up on our doorstep with guess what? A burnt out clutch. We were not surprised and stripped down the old clutch to take a look. Sure enough, the thing was completely burned out and we had to tell the guy that the problem was due to him being one of the profoundly deaf drivers, now on our roads. Unfortunately, we had to bite the bullet and explain to him that the Clutch Replacement was not covered by the warranty and he would have to pay for a new one fitting.
He went on to tell us that “that was why he fell out with his old garage”, but we knew all of that and stuck to our side of the story. He finally agreed and began to realise that this was going to be the price to pay for him to keep on driving his car.
We have now fitted yet another clutch to this Peugeot 206
Another three clutches later, he has now accepted the fact that the way he drives will burn out a clutch every year, and yesterday we fitted a new clutch bang on time about a year from his last one. The guy is a lot happier now and accepted that being one of the millions of deaf drivers, it was to be part of life, he lives on his own and says that he never really talks to anybody other than himself (a bit sad) I think. Deaf drivers will have Clutch Problems.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.