Watch: Toyota gave this blind dad a chance to drive one of its fastest cars
By Barfi Culture Team
4th February 2019

Dr Amit Patel spends a fair amount of time doing activism for the blind, including through his Twitter account.

Even his guide dog, Kika, has her own account.

In fact he has become adept at using social media to illustrate the challenges blind people face in a city like London.

Last year, Dr Patel's tweets went viral after he described being left in tears when London commuters wouldn't give up a seat in the disabled section.

On another occasion, a video attached to Kika captured a moment when an irate commuter demanded he move the guide dog to let him pass. The incident was viewed online tens of thousands of times.

But now Amit has a happy story to tell. Since he lost his sight in 2013, he hadn't driven a car.

But a few months ago, he got in touch with Toyota GB and asked if they could help him drive again.

That culminated in him setting a lap on a famous TV test circuit.

This video shows how Amit navigated the track with the help of professional driving instructor Mark Watkins.

He tweeted: "I never thought I’d ever have the opportunity to drive the reasonably fast car around the well known Dunsfold Aerodrome. If it wasn’t for
@ToyotaGB believing in me & my fearless buddy Mark Watkins trusting my abilities I would have never achieved this goal!"

"I live with blindness every day but I don’t let that stop me from chasing my dreams."

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