I am one of those few souls in this country who–believe it or not–have NEVER owned an automobile of any kind! (I took Driver’s Ed in high school, but my father could not afford insurance, so I never did any real driving to speak of.)
Fast forward to 2018. I am now 65 and retired. I am blind in my left eye due to a totally detached retina. My right eye, though, is in good shape, and my eye doctor has assured me that my vision is more sufficient to enable me to drive if I wish to do so.
The problem is that, since it has been so long since I have even tried to drive, I would need (and want!) to take a driving refresher course. Assuming that I pass the course and get a driver’s license again, since my left eye is basically shut down, what modifications, if any, would I need to drive as safely as possible?
I already know that I wouldn’t be driving all that much–primarily to and from the store (particularly in bad weather!), to church on the weekends, and one or two long-distance trips (circa 200 to 500 miles) each year.
As you might expect, I’m on a fixed income, so I’m certainly not in the market for anything like a Trans Am Firehawk! Rather, I’d like a cube-shaped model with an automatic transmission. (Remember the Nash Metropolitan? Something like that would be my ideal, but of course they’ve been out of production for over 50 years!) As a result, I’m looking at models such as the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB, both of which are still around, although they’ve both been discontinued. What would you suggest? Thanks in advance for your time and advice!