The eyesight of drivers has degraded to a perilous level, putting thousands of people at risk of injury.
DRIVERS’ VISION HAS “DECREASED TO A DANGEROUS LEVEL,” putting road users in danger of death or serious injury.
Many people have been “put off” getting an eye test because of the pandemic, according to experts at GEM Motoring Assist. As a result, they are unaware of any visual problems. They caution that many drivers “will be unable to recognize” minor changes in their vision that could jeopardize their safety.
GEM CEO Neil Worth has urged drivers to put “safety first” and schedule an eye exam as soon as possible.
“Poor vision is associated to almost 3,000 fatal and serious injury collisions every year,” he said.
“We are concerned that there are too many drivers whose vision has deteriorated to the point where it is risky.
“The last year of Covid limitations may have deterred many people from getting an eye test, but as things improve and the roads grow busier, we urge everyone to put safety first and schedule a thorough checkup.
“This will identify and rectify any issues, lowering driving dangers and making the road environment safer.
“A growing number of people are remaining behind the wheel for longer periods of time.
“Under the current legislation, declaring ourselves fit to drive is our personal obligation.
“However, many of the alterations to our vision will go unnoticed.
“Changes in our visual acuity, peripheral awareness, eye coordination, depth perception, ability to focus, and color vision require a professional examination.”
The driver vision system, according to GEM Motoring Assist, is no longer suitable for purpose.
It went on to say that the rules needed to be revised immediately in order to improve road user safety.
A total of 75% of respondents said that anyone returning to driving after a court or medical revocation should get an eye exam.
Meanwhile, 70% of respondents agreed that having an eye test certificate should be required in order to renew a driver’s license.
A bi-annual eye exam, according to GEM, is a “essential aspect” of being a responsible and safe driver.
People over the age of 60, as well as those between the ages of 16 and 18, who are still in full-time education, are said to be eligible for free eye exams.
According to the DVLA, drivers must be able to read a car number plate from a distance of at least 20 meters.
In addition, drivers must have a sufficient field of view. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”