When I was a driving instructor, one of the first things I would do with a brand new driver is check that they could read a car number plate from 20 metres (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary). You also need an adequate field of vision. I can only recall one occasion where the person failed and I told them that they would need an eye test before I taught them.
Of course, once you have passed your test, there is no ongoing checks to ensure that neither your eyesight nor your driving(!) has deteriorated. Which, to me, is wrong.
Vision Express recently joined forces with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) in a healthcare initiative. This has been backed by Tom Ingram, British touring car racing champion. They are trying to raise awareness of this problem with all drivers in the UK.
‘EyeTestsSaveLives’ is a campaign organised by Brake. I have written about Brake previously – they are the road safety charity, who co-ordinate Road Safety Week. They have revealed that 1 in 4 drivers are not going for regular eye tests, thereby risking their licence and, potentially, the lives of other people.
The research also states that 4% – the equivalent of more than 1.5 million UK drivers – have confessed to never having their eyes tested. Scary, huh?!
In a bid to try and make the UK’s roads safer, Vision Express is generously offering free eye tests to both public and professional drivers for Road Safety Week 2015. They will also have their ‘Vision Van’ on the road offering free eye tests to motorists at selected service stations up and down the UK.
The Driver Eyesight Survey by Brake found:
• Five million drivers (14%) acknowledge driving with less than perfect vision
• Crash risk is proven to be heightened by poor vision
• Road crashes caused by poor driver vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33 million in the UK per year
• One in five drivers has avoided visiting an optician, even when they’ve noticed a problem with their vision
• One in eight admitted to driving without their glasses or lenses in the past 12 months
To find out more, why not take a look at this video:
So, what about you? When was the last time you had your eyes tested? Could it be affecting your driving?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post