Regular eye tests for drivers will save lives

Regular eye tests for drivers could cut the number of casualties on UK roads by almost 3,000.

Eye tests for driversRoad safety charity Brake is urging drivers to ‘sharpen’ up by getting their eyesight tested every two years to ensure that their vision meets legal standards.

A survey of 1,000 drivers commissioned by Brake and supported by the DVLA, revealed that over a quarter of drivers (26%) had not had an eye examination in the last two years.

One in 11 (9%) admitted not visiting an optician for five years or more, or never. Furthermore, for three per cent, the equivalent to more than one million UK drivers, it had been more than a decade and a further three per cent had never been.

Additional research showed that drivers failing to ensure their vision is good enough to drive is estimated to result in 2,900 road accidents a year which result in injury or death.

Deputy chief executive of Brake, Julie Townsend, said: “Being a driver is a huge responsibility, and means you need to look after your own health and fitness to drive, as well as making sure your vehicle is roadworthy. If your vision isn’t up to scratch you are posing an enormous risk on roads, as being able to see properly is fundamental to being a good driver.

“Your eyesight can deteriorate rapidly without you noticing, and at the wheel that can be lethal. That’s why it is so important to get tested every two years and always wear glasses or lenses if you need them when driving.”

The survey also showed that one in 10 (9%) who needed glasses or contact lenses did not always wear them when driving. Furthermore, of those who claimed they did not need them, one in three (32%) had not had their eyes checked in the last two years.

Taking responsibility for your sight is just as important as car insurance and MOTs.”

The CEO of RSA UK and Western Europe, Adrian Brown, added: “It’s no wonder so many people aren’t fit to drive when eye tests aren’t required by law at any point once you’ve passed your driving test. Far more regular testing will mean safer, more responsible drivers and will be good for people’s health in general too.”

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