Drivers are increasing their risk of causing a road accident by failing to have regular eye tests, according to a survey.
As many as 26% of drivers have not had an eye examination in the past two years, while 9% have not visited an optician for five years or more and 3% have not had eye checks for more than a decade, road safety charity Brake said.
Of those who need glasses for driving, 1% declined to wear them several times in the past 12 months, while 2% have driven without them once a month or more in the past year, according to the poll, which also used data from Specsavers.
Accident awareness campaign
To raise awareness among drivers about their responsibilities, the DVLA has launched an online education campaign.
Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: “Being a driver is a huge responsibility and means you need to look after your own health and fitness to drive as well as making sure your vehicle is roadworthy.
“If your vision isn’t up to scratch you are posing an enormous risk on roads, as being able to see properly is fundamental to being a good driver. Your eyesight can deteriorate rapidly without you noticing and at the wheel that can be lethal. That’s why it is so important to get tested every two years and always wear glasses or lenses if you need them when driving.”
If you have been involved in a road accident that was not your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can put you in touch with an injury claim specialist.
Jan Chandaman, head of medical licensing policy at the DVLA, said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world and licensing rules play an important part in keeping our roads safe. Reducing road casualties is a top priority for the Government. All drivers are required by law to meet the appropriate eyesight standard at all times while driving.
“DVLA regularly reminds drivers of the ongoing requirement to meet the eyesight standard and that failure to meet the standard is an offence. This is also included in the Highway Code.”