Obligatory praise first: Absolutely love your site, I check it daily for new posts and even new comments – car guys with major distaste for government? YES!
So, I have very poor vision which leads to having a “C” restriction (no nighttime driving) on my license. I live in Indiana for what it’s worth. Most jobs (including mine) require either getting there before sunrise or leaving after sunset which leaves me totally dependent on others to drive me in and pick me up. This basically doubles gas usage, maintenance, mileage, my family’s time, etc.
Regarding my visison, I have a foot long list of eye problems and a combined vision of 20/60 I think. 20/80 and 20/70 separately. To just get a license was an quite an adventure requiring my ophthalmologist to fax paperwork to the DMV after talking them into accepting that as “passing” the vision test.
I’m not a bad driver – better than most, in fact – but I failed the arbitrary gubberment test. Of course, ignoring the whole thing is one possibility, but on the off chance I am involved in a wreck there could be serious financial hell to pay. Cheating on the test is another possibility (I assume it’s pretty universal). I’ve researched on the internet (finding out anything from the gov’t isn’t exactly easy); the nice email I sent to the DMV received the automaton response of – literally – “No”. I am open to taking classes, driving school (BLEH!), or whatever else. I am extremely tired of this BS from Big Brother and really need this restriction removed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!