Driving in the UK can be a bit troublesome because the inclement weather means that when it is foggy it is very difficult to make out your surroundings. Low visibility when driving is very dangerous. This is even more so for people with poor eyesight that don’t wear glasses. People who need glasses to drive but don’t wear them put other motorists at risk. Poor vision means that they are likely to miss small details which could be the fine line between colliding with another car and swerving to safety.
If you have been told by an optician to wear glasses to drive, or taken your driving test whilst wearing glasses, it is your legal responsibility to wear them.
When is it your legal responsibility to wear glasses to drive?
All motorists should be able to read road signs and number plates and if you are unable to do this, it’s likely that your eyes need testing. You should have a visual acuity of at least 6/12 with both eyes open which can be achieved by wearing glasses or, if you prefer, contact lenses. Drivers are also required to have acceptable peripheral vision in order to make sure that they aren’t blindsided when turning. Interestingly, this peripheral vision needs to be of a higher standard among truck drivers because of the size of their vehicles.
If you find that your eyes strain when you drive at night, you can visit an optometrist to discuss this. Older people struggle with driving at night more than younger people but it varies from person to person.
It’s important to be able to see properly when driving in order to make sure you are able to react to dangerous situations and not be blindsided because of a poor field of vision.
Have you been the victim of someone not wearing glasses when they should be?
Accident Advise Helpline exists to help people stay safe and we aim to advise people on safe practice. We have over 16 years of experience as personal injury claims specialists and we advise you to have your eyes tested to see if you need to wear glasses while driving as it might mean the difference between life and death for you or another road user.
Call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss starting a claim for any injuries that you may have suffered at the hands of another driver. Road accident injuries can be very serious and can result in loss of work and even physiotherapy which is cause for you to claim compensation.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice