Sharp eyesight essential for safe driving

Written by Ellie

New research has revealed the considerable impact of poor eyesight on the ability of motorists to remain safe when behind the wheel.

According to a poll of more than 2,000 UK adults by insurer Direct Line, as many as 13.3 million people regularly take to the roads without wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses, despite the fact they are legally required to do so.

Overall, the research revealed that 21 per cent of UK motorists admit to this behaviour, while more than one-third of respondents stated they had not had an eye examination within the last two years.

Furthermore, it claimed that almost one person a day (345 people a year) is involved in an accident where poor vision was shown to be a contributory factor.

Gus Park, director of motor at Direct Line, commented: "This research shows just how dangerous it can be to drive without good or corrected eyesight, especially at this time of year when the clocks go back, as conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can make it harder to drive in the dark."

Indeed, the consequences of poor eyesight for road users should not be underestimated, with official figures showing 64 people in 2015 alone were either killed or seriously injured on UK roads as a result of poor eyesight.

Brand manager at Fuel Card Services Natalie Brinkley adds: "Investing the time in regular eye tests should not be seen as a luxury for drivers.

"It is essential that anyone in charge of a vehicle has the right prescription to ensure they have the best possible vision to keep an eye out for any hazards they may meet on the roads."

Posted on 24th October 2016

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