Oxfordshire drivers could cancel their car insurance and risk losing their license, without even realizing it.
To mark Road Safety Week 2021, contact lens retailer Lenstore surveyed 1,029 UK drivers to find out their driving habits in relation to their sight.
The study found that less than half of drivers (48 percent) wear their prescribed glasses 100 percent of the time while on the road, compared to one-third of contact lens wearers.
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Wearing prescribed glasses or contact lenses allows you to meet the 6/12 standard (decimal 0.5) on the Snellen scale, which is necessary for driving.
If you drive on public roads without meeting this requirement, your license can be revoked and you could be prosecuted.
One in ten drivers break the law by not wearing prescribed glasses at all while driving, risking having their auto insurance canceled and losing their license.
Research also found that 65% of motorists do not know the visual minimum required to drive.
The legal vision standard set by the DVLA means that you must be able to read a license plate from 20 meters away.
When asked about the vision requirement, 65% of drivers gave the wrong answer, citing a distance above or below the minimum standard, compared to only 35% of drivers who answered correctly.
The majority (67%) of respondents also believe that drivers over 60 should not be allowed to drive on public roads.
Roshni Patel MCOptom, Expert Optometrist, said: “While many road accidents still occur due to poor vision, it is crucial that drivers have regular eye exams.
“Motorists should have an eye exam at least once every two years to make sure they are fit for the road and that they are safe for themselves and others. If you notice deterioration in your eyesight or a change in your vision, it is important to schedule an eye exam as soon as possible.
“Poor eyesight can cause a slower reaction to events that occur on the road, which can therefore increase the risk of an accident.
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“In addition to getting their eyes tested regularly, drivers also need to be extra vigilant when driving at certain times of the year and under certain conditions. For example, during the winter months, the sun tends to rise and set during peak hours, which can impact the driver’s vision and prevent them from seeing.
“Drivers can take simple precautions, such as always having sunglasses in their car, using their visors, and making sure their windshields are clean. Allowing that extra distance between the cars around you and slowing down is another way to reduce crashes in difficult visual conditions.
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