A third of local drivers quizzed in a recent survey have made admitted they can’t see properly when behind the wheel.
Figures released by eye experts Sight Care this week reveal 36 per cent of motorists surveyed in East Sussex said their eyesight was not up to scratch when driving.
A quarter also admitted that they couldn’t see well when driving at night and 11 per cent revealed that their daytime vision was blurry when they were in their cars.
In terms of new drivers, five per cent of those surveyed admitted that they had actually struggled to see the registration plate during the brief eyesight assessment that was part of their driving test – but were given their driving licence anyway.
The eye-opening survey results come as a consortium, led by the road safety charity Brake, is urging the Government to look again at legislation that governs the eyesight testing standards for new drivers.
The group is recommending that all new drivers should have their eyesight tested by a qualified optician when they first apply for a licence after insurance firm RSA estimated car crashes caused by poor vision result in around 3,000 casualties each year and cost around £33million.
The survey was carrid out by Sight Care – a support service for independent opticians which has joined the campaign for more vigilant resting of motorist. Its chief executive Paul Surridge said: “The figures speak for themselves. Nearly 3,000 people are killed or injured every year in car accidents caused because of poor eyesight. This is tragic, especially considering how easy it is to book an eye test and get most vision problems sorted out.
“Our own survey shows that more than a third of people admit that their vision isn’t good enough when they are driving. This is pretty shocking when you consider what the consequences could be. So we would urge everyone who feels the same to get in touch with their local independent optician and get their eyesight tested as soon as possible.”
To find out more about the Sight Care local campaign, visit www.sightcarelocal.co.uk, where you can also locate your nearest participating independent optician.