Keep Your Eyes On The Road

How often do you get your eyesight tested? It is critical, even if you don’t have glasses, to keep your eyes maintained by regular check ups.  

If you can’t see effectively then you shouldn’t be driving, at least that is what the experts say.  Many drivers whose eyesight has deteriorated to dangerous levels have done nothing about it. While you may not think to move the menu a little further away in restaurants or to squint a small bit to check road sign, is any major issue it could lead to your insurance being void. If you speak to experts such as David & Philpot, P.L. you will hear there have been plenty of insurance companies who refuse to pay out if the driver has a sight issue.

One of the global road safety organization’s, GEM Motoring Assist, say better regulation of eyesight tests for drivers would cut collisions and make all roads safer.

The only test at present is when you take your test and have to read a number plate at 20 meters.

GEM says a detailed test of a driver’s visual acuity and field of view should be required every ten years.

The call follows a survey of more than 1,000 GEM members. An overwhelming 87 percent said mandatory eye testing would lead to safer roads.

If you are 40 or above, then you should get your eyesight tested every two years, even if you don’t think you have any issues. Every ten years ask your optician to carry out a test of visual acuity and field of view, ensuring you have the best set of eyes on the road, keeping you and your family safe.

Regular mandatory eyesight tests for drivers would offer an excellent way of reducing collisions caused by defective vision.

So what about the test? When was it first introduced and why aren’t their stronger regulations in place?

The eye test was presented to the driving test in 1937 and has only been amended in minor ways over the years to reflect changing number plate sizes. It is the only eyesight test drivers are required to undertake until they reach the age of 70.

Field of view testing is a requirement in many US states but not in all countries, which seems a little crazy.  It is to check whether motorists can see and react to what’s happening around them.

Many campaigns over the years have attempted to persuade governments to introduce measures that would make drivers take a more responsible view on the subject, but so far they have declined to change the current regulations. That doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself and other road users though by making your pledge to regular eye tests.

Get yourself signed up with a good optician and let them know why you want to keep on top of your eye health.  You never know, you could be saving someone’s life in the process. Keep your eyes on the road and let’s all work together to make this world a safer place.



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