As winter arrives and the mornings and evenings become darker, it’s vital that your eyes are in good shape for driving in poor light. Here are Specsavers’ top tips for ensuring your sight is road-ready…
1) Don’t be a test dummy
Make sure your eye tests are up-to-date. We recommend a test every two years to ensure your prescription is correct and there are no underlying issues.
2) Clear your plate
Motorists should be able to read a number plate from at least 20.5 metres (approximately 67 feet). If you struggle to read plates from this distance see your optician for an eye test immediately so you don’t put yourself or others in danger.
3) Remember your spare
Glasses, not tyres! It’s sensible to have a spare pair of specs to hand in the car, just in case.
4) Check those rims
If you do a lot of driving, consider the style of glasses you choose – thin rims and high sides improve all-round vision.
5) Avoid shady situations
As we move into winter, the sun is sitting lower on the horizon which can affect visibility when driving. Having prescription sunglasses – or non-prescription if you’re not a specs wearer – will protect your eyes and reduce the risk of accidents.
6) Review your view
Making sure that your specs are clean and that there are no other visual distractions in the car is really important – so ditch those furry dice, keep a cloth and lens cleaning spray handy and make sure you’re stocked up on de-icer.
Myra Smith, store director at Specsavers in Kilmarnock, says: ‘With dark mornings and nights making visibility worse, roads are all the more hazardous for drivers – there are enough driving dangers to contend with without adding poor vision to this list.
‘At Specsavers, we are keen to emphasise the importance of good eye health – particularly when it comes to driving, because if your eyesight is not at the required standard you may be putting yourself and others in danger.