Drivers in eyesight check warning

Drivers in eyesight check warning

A driver-training specialist has re-iterated a warning that drivers need to have regular eyesight checks to ensure they are driving legally.

Simon Elstow, head of driver training at IAM Drive & Survive insists that everyone's eyesight inevitably changes as they get older, and not usually for the better. Elstow added: "Since the majority of information gathered in order to make decisions while driving is through your eyes, good vision is a necessity."

Eyesight should be checked regularly by a qualified professional, and the law requires drivers to be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 20 metres. However, the critical nature of drivers having good eyesight is not just from the obvious safety point of view.

The law states that a driver diagnosed with a condition which causes vision impairment, must inform the DVLA.

Failure to do so is a criminal offence, and so not only are there implications to yourself, other drivers and pedestrians, but also cost implications forcar insurance premiums if this advice is ignored.

Other tips offered by Elstow include avoiding driving in the dark if you have trouble with night vision and headlight glare.

You should actually avoid looking directly at oncoming lights regardless of any issues with glare, it is always best to look beyond oncoming lights on your side of the road as this puts them in your peripheral vision rather than in the centre of your eyes.

It is a fact, however, that peripheral vision diminishes with age, and therefore, Elstow advises that drivers turn their head to compensate rather than glancing sideways. Finally, to ensure your vision is maximised, headlights, mirrors and windshields both inside and outside of the car should always be kept clean.

Copyright Press Association 2012