One of the most common questions people ask about color blindness is: can a colorblind person drive? or how do colorblind people see the traffic light?
As a colorblind person, I have never had any problems driving or recognizing traffic lights.
I know sometimes some people can confuse yellow and green lights on traffic lights since green lights can be seen as white or similar to yellow, but it all depends on the quality of the lights. But I never thought or guessed that this could be one of the main problems for colorblind people.
The way I found out about it was through one of my surveys on Instagram. I asked our followers and 55% of them voted "YES." They do have a problem with traffic lights.
Personally, like many other colorblind people, I used to memorize the colors of things around me, such as my clothes, fruits, flowers, animals, and, of course, the order of how the lights are placed on the traffic light.
The top is red, and the button is green! On horizontal traffic lights, the red light is on the left, and the green light is on the right side.
Many colorblind people believe that colorblindness limits them and prevents them from achieving some of their other goals and dreams. On the other hand, I always try to encourage people to change these beliefs and understand that there are always advantages, and the only thing that limits them is themselves.
To answer questions related to driving and how colorblind people see the traffic lights, let's watch my interview with a young colorblind car racer, Zach Makos.
Zach received a special exemption at 14 years old to race in the Senior division because of his size. The Senior division has the most experienced, and competitive drivers. Typically, a driver enters this division at 16 years old.