Eyesight research brings driver eyesight into focus - 27th March 2013

1 in 3 drivers would not pass a standard roadside eye test recent research has revealed.

As part of a series of road shows visitors were given an eyesight test by a major high-street optician and the results were quite surprising. It was revealed that only 2 out of every 5 drivers have had an eyetest within the 2 year recommended period. More than 4 out of 5 with eyesight that fell below the standard claimed their vision was good enough to drive safely.

Some other facts from the research:

  • 92% of drivers are in favour of compulsory eye examinations for drivers every five years, particularly for the over 40s.
  • 65% thought that carrying a spare pair of corrective glasses should be required by law.
  • 57% of drivers requiring corrective eyewear did not carry a spare pair of glasses with them when driving.
  • 53% were also in favour of random roadside testing of drivers’ eyesight.

Drivers are legally required to be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres and to wear their corrective prescription eyewear at all times. Insurance will be invalid if you can't meet this standard.

Certain eyesight conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma and double vision, must be reported to the DVLA.

To understand more about your responsibilities, email or call 01732 864 999

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