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Essex drivers urged to stay safe on roads

06 December, 2016
Essex specsavers store are urging residents to be eye aware this winter
Specsavers stores across Essex are urging safe winter driving

With many dark nights ahead of us, Specsavers stores across Essex arereminding drivers to get their vision checked if they have any concerns.

The importance of good vision for drivers

Fading night vision can be serious, particularly with older motorists and unfortunately, many of us are guilty of being too busy to have our twice-yearly eye examinations.

But did you know that some eye conditions can creep up on us slowly, and that you could be unaware that your sight is slowly declining?

Why night time driving can be hazardous

When you are behind the wheel, you are making lots of decisions and have a second or two – or less - to react quickly enough to prevent a traffic accident. If sight isn’t as it should be, this reaction process will be slower.

What makes night time driving difficult?

Our pupils shrink and do not dilate as much in the dark when we age, and this means there is a reduced amount of light entering the eye. The retina of an older person will receive less light than those younger individuals so the effect can be likened to wearing sunglasses at night-when behind the wheel.

Other conditions can make night time driving difficult. Heavy rain, for example and night glare of street lights and oncoming traffic can make it harder to see pedestrians, reflective road signs, cyclists and objects in the road.

If in doubt, pop into your nearest Essex Specsavers

If you haven’t had your twice-yearly eye examination, now is the time to act. Your friendly team of Essex opticians are here to hear your concerns and ensure your vision isn’t making you, or others, unsafe on Essex roads.

Find your nearest Essex store