Good vision "is essential" for drivers

Good vision "is essential" for drivers

It is essential that people who drive have adequate vision when they get behind the wheel in order to prevent accidents occurring on the road, it has been claimed.

According to Meg Munn, the number of road accidents taking place could be drastically reduced if more motorists had eye tests to determine whether they needed glasses or Contact lenses.

Writing for the Yorkshire Post, she noted that it is a legal requirement for people who need vision correction to wear their glasses or Contact lenses when driving but this is being ignored by many motorists, and she called for further methods to be introduced.

"Good eyesight is a fundamental safety requirement for drivers and we need a scientifically-recognised method for testing eyesight which replaces the number plate tests," she explained.

It comes after Dr Susan Blakeney, the optometric advisor for the College of Optometrists, recently said that many drivers are unaware of simple rules such as having to be able to read a number plate 20 m away.

by Adrian Galbreth

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