Almost half of the drivers surveyed at this year’s Suffolk Show could be putting themselves and other road users at risk according to recent research.
Free vision screenings and a questionnaire conducted at this year’s Suffolk Show revealed that almost half of those surveyed had not had an eye examination in the recommended two-year timeframe. In addition, almost a third of those questioned admitted to having experienced an accident as a result of a sight-related issue.
Specsavers Ipswich and Woodbridge store director, Mark Taggart, said: ‘The results demonstrate that drivers are taking risks by not having their eyes tested within the recommended two-year time frame. As a road user, it is down to each individual to take responsibility for their own health which includes their vision.
‘As we get older there is a natural deterioration in a person’s sight which they may not notice straight away. It is therefore imperative that they meet the minimum requirement of having their eyes examined regularly.’
Specsavers stores across the country are campaigning to make eye examinations a compulsory part of the driving test, with more than 70 per cent of those surveyed believing a sight test should be compulsory when renewing a photo card driving licence. As part of their Drive Safe campaign with road-safety charity Brake, Specsavers stores are touring the country offering free vision screenings, ensuring that driver’s vision and hearing are in line with the legal requirements.