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Millions of Car Drivers on British Roads with Poor Eyesight

Millions of car divers across the UK are travelling on roads and motorways with poor and inadequate eyesight.

A survey by the insurance company LV has revealed some extraordinary results. 7% of drivers, who require the use of glasses or contact lenses for driving, do not wear them all of the time.

Another finding states that of all drivers who don’t wear glasses to improve their vision while driving, a whopping 23 % said that they themselves felt that their eyesight was not perfect, and caused them problems at times (e.g. driving at night).

At present the law requires that you can read either an old style number plate from 20.5 metres or a new style number plate from 20 metres away on the day of your driving test. If you need glasses to do this on test day, then you are required to wear them whenever you drive. The survey discovered that 9% of drivers couldn’t read a number plate from this distance, rising to 18% of those over 55.

Changes in the law look set to be introduced in the next few years that would make eye tests compulsory for drivers every ten years.

Drivers who have been injured in an accident caused by another road user failing to ensure that their eyesight is safe by wearing glasses or contact lenses, could make a car accident compensation claim against them.

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