Don’t Delay --- get an Eye Test Today Police roadside eye tests could lead to £1,000 fine and 3 penalty points
Why Drivers are not having eye tests ?
There are a number of reasons why some car drivers delay having an eye test for driving. Some of the most common reasons include:
Cost. Eye examinations and glasses can be expensive, and some drivers may not be able to afford them.
Inconvenience. Eye examinations can be time-consuming, and some drivers may not have the time to take off work or school to go to one.
Fear of bad news. Some drivers may be afraid that they will find out that they have a vision problem that will prevent them from driving.
Lack of awareness. Some drivers may not be aware that they need to have an eye test for driving, or they may not know how often they need to have one.
It is important to note that driving with an untreated vision problem can be dangerous. If you have any concerns about your vision, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Poor Vision Causing Car Accidents
According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), uncorrected vision problems are a factor in about 1 in 10 car accidents, poor vision and not wearing glasses can play a major role in car accidents.
Here are some of the ways that poor vision and not wearing glasses can contribute to car accidents in the UK:
Reduced visual acuity. People with poor vision may have difficulty seeing objects at a distance, which can make it difficult to see other cars, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Reduced peripheral vision. People with poor vision may have difficulty seeing objects in their peripheral vision, which can make it difficult to see other cars that are changing lanes or merging onto the highway.
Reduced depth perception. People with poor vision may have difficulty judging distances, which can make it difficult to judge how close they are to other cars or objects.
Distracted driving. People who are struggling to see clearly may be more likely to take their eyes off the road to try to focus, which can lead to a crash.
If you have any concerns about your vision, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Wearing glasses or contact lenses can help to improve your vision and reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident.
The DVSA also advises that drivers should have their eyes tested every two years, or more often if their vision changes.
Police now plan to have vision screen tests on the side of the road. Drivers who are pulled over to take the test, will need to be able to read a number plate 20 metres away.
This comes after two-thirds of drivers in the UK who wear glasses were found ‘putting off’ updating their prescription, according to new data from the Association of Optometrists (AOP). As a result – increasing the risk of accidents.
Should vision play a factor in any collision, then it could result in a fine of £1,000 and three points on a driving licence. Research revealed that up to 20% of drivers who require glasses have not had their eyes tested in at least three years.
It is a good idea for the police to have vision screen tests on the side of the road. Driving with poor vision is dangerous and can lead to accidents. It is important for drivers to have their eyes tested regularly and to wear glasses or contacts if they need them.
The research is concerning, showing that two-thirds of drivers in the UK who wear glasses are putting off updating their prescription. This is a serious problem that could lead to accidents. It is important for drivers to be aware of the risks of driving with poor vision and to make sure that they are getting their eyes tested regularly.
We hope that the police’s new initiative will help to raise awareness of the importance of good vision for driving and that it will encourage more drivers to get their eyes tested regularly.
The UK police are taking a number of actions against drivers with poor eyesight. These include:
- Carrying out roadside vision tests.
- Issuing fines to drivers who are found to have poor vision.
- Revoking the licenses of drivers who are found to have poor vision.
The police are taking these actions because driving with poor vision is dangerous and can lead to accidents. Poor vision can make it difficult to see other cars, pedestrians, and road signs, which can increase the risk of a collision.
The police are also concerned about the number of drivers who are putting off getting their eyes tested. According to the Association of Optometrists, two-thirds of drivers in the UK who wear glasses are putting off updating their prescription. This is a serious problem, as it means that these drivers are driving with poor vision.
The police hope that their actions will encourage more drivers to get their eyes tested regularly and to wear glasses or contacts if they need them.
Here are some tips for drivers with poor vision:
- Get your eyes tested regularly.
- Wear glasses or contacts if you need them.
- Make sure your glasses or contacts are clean and in good condition.
- Adjust your mirrors so that you can see clearly behind you.
- Use your high beams at night if appropriate and safe
- Be extra careful when driving in bad weather conditions.
- Don’t drive if you’re tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
By following these tips, you can help to keep yourself and others safe on the road
Drivers must learn about the importance of good eyesight and wearing glasses when driving:
Good eyesight is essential for safe driving. Drivers need to be able to see clearly in order to identify hazards, make safe decisions, and react quickly.
Poor eyesight can lead to accidents. Drivers with poor eyesight are more likely to be involved in accidents, and they are also more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an accident.
Wearing glasses or contact lenses can help to improve vision and reduce the risk of accidents. Drivers who need glasses or contact lenses should wear them every time they drive.
It is important to have your eyes tested regularly. Your vision can change over time, so it is important to have your eyes tested at least every two years.
If you have any concerns about your vision, see an eye doctor immediately. Don’t wait until you have an accident to get your eyes checked
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