Specsavers stores throughout Northern Ireland are supporting New Driver NI to roll out an advice and information programme to students at secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland.

Keeping safe on the roads

The young driver initiative is led by Stephen Savage who visits schools to deliver drive safe presentations. It also provides practical tips and information for learners and new drivers as well as for parents and teachers. The scheme offers online content at www.newdriverni.com and a free magazine is offered to pupils during school visits.

Good advice

New Driver NI also provides useful money saving tips on taking a driving test as well as buying, insuring and maintaining a first car. It also offers advice on the law and driving.

Specsavers backing is crucial

New Driver NI manager Stephen Savage said: ‘Without Specsavers’ financial support we simply could not reach the number of students and potential new drivers at local schools and colleges. Driving safely has never been more important. With Specsavers as a partner we also aim to drive home the link between good vision and safe driving.’

Eye tests every two years

‘Your eyesight can deteriorate very slowly meaning you might not notice when it falls below the standard required for driving,’ explained Specsavers optometrist and store director Brian O’Kane, ‘That’s why it’s so important to have an eye test every two years, or sooner, if you notice a change in your vision.'

‘The only time a motorist’s eyesight is tested is during their driving test. The current system relies on drivers to self-test and keep up-to-date with their eye examinations, which not everyone does. The law also states that certain eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma must be reported to the DVLA.’

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