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Drivers are failing to meet vision standards

November 20 2012

One in three drivers in the UK are putting themselves and others at risk by failing to meet the legal vision standard required for driving, new statistics released by Specsavers have revealed.
 
The news comes during National Road Safety Week (November 19-25), an annual initiative organised by the charity Brake.
Sponsored by the High Street multiple, which hosted a series of vision screening events across the UK earlier this year, the survey reported that as many as four out of five people whose vision failed to meet driving standards felt their eye sight was ‘good enough to drive safely’.
 
Optometrist Paul Carroll, director of professional services at Specsavers, said: “In the UK, while drivers are asked to read a number plate at the time of their practical driving test, their vision is not then re-evaluated until the age of 70. Good vision is essential for drivers, ensuring they are safe and aware on the roads to help reduce the danger to themselves and other road users.”
 
Additionally, just 25% of spectacle wearing drivers said they carried a spare pair of glasses in their car, yet more than two out of five need them. Two out of five people admitted to not having their sight tested every two years, as recommended. 
 
Despite this, four out of five people said they felt an eye exam should be compulsory when renewing your driving licence, with almost all respondents saying they would consider regular eye exams if it affected their insurance. 
 
Mr Carroll added: “As vision can change gradually over time – something many are unaware of – it is essential that drivers maintain a high level of vision with regular eye examinations. Any changes that do then occur can be more easily spotted in the controlled environment of an eye examination.”

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