When it comes to driving, there are a lot of precautions that we all take. There are certain ‘unwritten rules’ that we all try to abide by.
These include things like not driving when we’re angry, taking extra care when driving in wet or icy conditions, and not listening to the car stereo too loudly.
The majority of us like to think of ourselves as good drivers, and many of us are. But there is one area where many people are not being as safe as they should be.
When it comes to eye sight, many people don’t bother to get themselves checked out nearly as often as they should, which can be very dangerous.
The Highway Code states that drivers should be able to read the number plate on a vehicle, in good daylight, from 20 metres away – the equivalent of about five car lengths.
If you can’t read the number plate clearly, then you should wear glasses while driving at all times. 20 metres may not sound like far, but many drivers would struggle to read from that distance.
This is especially true of older drivers, as according to national safety organisation Road Safety GB, one in five drivers have never been for an eye test.
Road Safety GB also points to research carried out by Brunel University, which found that drivers with poor eye sight are 62% more likely to stray out of their lane while driving.
Industry experts are now calling for compulsory eye tests for drivers, to ensure that people aren’t putting themselves and others in danger.
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