Are you driving safe?
In the run up to road safety week, 19-25 November, David Burghardt Vision Care, based in Nettleham, is promoting the importance of regular eye examinations for drivers.
Director, David Burghardt explains, “Vision plays a huge part in safe driving; however, drivers are only required to have their vision checked during their driving test by reading a car number plate at 20 meters. This current method of checking vision is inadequate for modern driving”
The importance of vision standards for safe driving is also being emphasised by the police, with local forces performing roadside vision checks on drivers. Police Officers have the power to request an urgent revocation of a licence through the DVLA if they believe the safety of other road users will be put at risk if a driver remains on the road.
The power to revoke licences was introduced in 2013 under Cassie's Law, named after 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who died when an 87-year-old man lost control of his vehicle in Colchester, Essex. The driver had failed a police vision check only days before but refused to surrender his license.
If a driver requires glasses or contact lenses to meet the requirements of this test, then they are required to wear them for driving. It is also the driver’s responsibility to self-report to the DVLA if they have any vision or general medical conditions and if they have been advised by their optometrist to stop driving.
Changes to vision often come on gradually over time and deterioration of vision may not be immediately noticeable. “Older people have an increased risk of vision problems such as Age-related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma or Cataracts all of which have a significant impact on a driver’s ability to see clearly and regular examinations are crucial to early detection and management of these conditions.” Said David.
A public poll showed that 30% of current road users have doubted whether their vision meets current standards yet continued to drive. A further 26% say they have delayed getting their eyes checked by an optometrist despite suspecting their vision was deteriorating.
Regular eye examinations are crucial to ensuring your vision meets the requirements to continue driving.
Call David Burghardt Vision Care on 01522754821 to book your eye examination and make sure that you’re driving safe. Alternatively book online at www.davidburghardt.co.uk
Statistics gathered from Association of Optometrists. www.aop.org.uk