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Third of drivers would fail eyesight test

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A new study has revealed that as many as a third of motorists in the UK are putting themselves and others at risk because their eyesight does not meet legal standards.

The research, which was carried out by Specsavers opticians at county shows and in town centres as part of the annual Drive Safe Roadshow, shows that a significant number of people do not meet the minimum standard of vision for driving.

And a corresponding survey indicates that over four in five people with substandard vision claim that it is good enough to drive safely.

"In the UK, while drivers are asked to read a number plate at the time of their practical driving test, their vision is not then re-evaluated until the age of 70," said Paul Carroll, director of professional services at Specsavers.

"Good vision is essential for drivers, ensuring they are safe and aware on the roads to help reduce the danger to themselves and other road users."

The poll also discovered that two in five people do not get their eyes tested regularly enough and have not had them tested within the recommended timeframe of the past two years.

The results come as National Road Safety Week, which is run by the charity Brake and sponsored by Specsavers, prepares to start on Monday 19 November and they could mean that many more crashes are occurring and Car Warranties are being used because people's eyesight is not up to scratch.

published: 15/11/2012 14:00:01

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