Driving & Driving Test Tips/judging distance when...


Dumb question, but maybe you can answer. I haven't had a new car in many many years and am considering buying one, but noticed that many of them have sloping hoods. By that I mean, from the driver's seat I can't see where the front edge of the car is on the right or left. Seems that would make it really hard or impossible to judge distances when trying to park and other driving situations. So how do drivers do it?? Thanks

Your question seems to imply that your depth perception may possibly be suspect.  This could be an age problem, or a vision problem.  If it is age then try to buy a car better suited to your abilities, and if it is a vision problem see an optometrist.  

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Mark Winter


Traffic collision reconstructionist with 19 years of traffic collision investigation experience as an LAPD officer. I can answer questions about traffic collisions with vehicles, motorcycles, pedistrians, bicycles, and commercial vehicles. Especially cases of low speed collisions and injury potential. I can answer questions about the vehicle code (specific for Ca and in general for other states) but I am not a driving instructor nor a vehicle mechanic. You need to talk to someone else about these issues.


19 years traffic collision investigations. 17 years as traffic collision reconstructionist for the city of Los Angeles and outside consultation. Court qualified in criminal and civil cases. ACTAR #519.

Accredidation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists Southwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators
Society Of Accident Reconstructionists
Society of Automotive Engineers
California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists

B.S. in Psychology Western Illinois University (math amjor-physics minor first two years), Now attending Chaffey college taking Calculus 3 and Chemistry working for Engineering degree

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