Visitors to Harrogate’s Fan Park will be able to check whether their eyesight is good enough to be on the road, as Specsavers will offer free vision screenings.

Staff from Specsavers on Beulah Street will be carrying out free vision screening for motorists to highlight how important good vision is for driving. Visitors to the Specsavers stand in the retail area can also take advantage of numerous giveaways.

John Broadberry, store director of Specsavers in Harrogate, says: ‘We’re delighted to be part of the Fan Park and to bring our Drive Safe message to as many people as possible in the region.

‘Driving when your eyesight is below the legal standard means you are a risk to yourself and other motorists. It is imperative we continue to raise awareness of the importance of having regular eye examinations and urge anyone who is concerned about their sight to book an eye examination or speak to our staff on the Specsavers stand.’

The five-minute screening test uses a set of straightforward exercises to check for any weaknesses in a person’s vision. Anyone who fails the screening test will be advised to book a full eye examination. Staff will also be on hand to offer free specs MOT’s.

Specsavers has campaigned throughout the past decade for legislation to be introduced to make eye examinations compulsory as part of the driving test. Working with police constabularies across the UK and national road safety charity Brake, Specsavers has toured motor shows and county shows nationwide with its Drive Safe campaign trailer to screen drivers’ vision.

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