Safe Driving

Poor vision causes an estimated 3000 casualties on the road each year. Make sure you don't become a statistic - is your vision up to the legal requirement for driving?

Eyes on Health, week 7 - Safe Driving
Eyes on Health, week 7 - Safe Driving
  • Are you able to read a car number plate from 20 metres away?
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, is your prescription up-to-date?

These are just a couple of questions you should seriously consider if you are a driver. You must inform the DVLA of any health issues, including eye conditions, otherwise your license could be revoked.

The DVLA must be advised if you have got any problems with your vision that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye.This does not include being short sighted (myopia) or long sighted (hyperopia) or colour blind. You also don't need to say if you've had surgery to correct myopia and can meet the eyesight standards.

You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the 'standards of vision for driving'.

If you drive without meeting the standards of vision for driving, you could be prosecuted

Driving with the Winter Sun

Many of you may wear your sunglasses during the summertime, but it's equally important to shield your eyes all year round. Especially during the winter months when the sun is very low. Glare, UV damage and distraction could all contribute towards accidents on the road. The risks are greater if your windscreen is dirty. The rays of light bounce and reflect off the glass, resulting in more glare and much poorer visibility. Keep that screen wash topped up and consider sunglasses if you don't already own a pair, you might be surprised at the considerable difference it makes to your driving experience.

Driving at Night

Driving at night can cause even more distraction, particularly when it comes to glare from streetlights and oncoming traffic. If you wear glasses, you'd benefit from an anti-reflective coating on your lenses.

Glare at night

If your lenses are dirty or scratched, this can cause additional glare so please make sure you keep a lens cloth in your vehicle. Simple measures like this can make all the difference - an accident can occur and be over within a matter of seconds.