Staff from Specsavers in St Helens were on hand to provide information on safe driving standards at the recent Merseyside Senior Road Users event in St Helens.
The event – attended by over 100 people – was led by St Helens Council’s Road Safety team, along with a range of other agencies, and funded by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership. It was held in an attempt to reduce casualties as a result of road traffic collisions involving those aged 60 and over.
Eye health and safe driving standards
Specsavers was among many businesses and agencies from the local area to attend and support the awareness event. The Specsavers team provided advice on eye health and safe driving standards, and handed out branded rugby balls, keyrings and pens.
Tom Lowry, store director at Specsavers in St Helens, said: ‘The Senior Road Users event demonstrates how local businesses can work together to reduce road traffic accidents among senior people.
‘As part of the initiative, we would also like to remind road users – old and young – of the importance of having regular sight examinations. Drivers must wear glasses or contact lenses every time they drive if they need them to meet the standards of vision for driving.’
The DVLA’s standards of vision for driving are:
- You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
- You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.
- You must also have an adequate field of vision - your optician can tell you about this and do a test.