Car insurance: Drivers urged to wear their specs

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

People who do not wear their glasses when driving could be increasing their chances of having to make a car insurance claim, it has been suggested.

Research by Specsavers found one in ten motorists have had an accident or a near miss due to poor eyesight.

The study also revealed 26 per cent of motorists have not been to see an optician since qualifying.

Of those who admitted this, half confessed they thought they would fail an eye examination.

Commenting on the findings, Helen Haughton from road safety charity Brake said it was vital vehicle owners visited an optician on a regular basis if they wanted to avoid a motor insurance claim.

She stated: "Being perceptive and alert as a driver, especially on congested roads, is crucial."

This comes after it was revealed from 2011 new EU driving licences are set to include a motorist's eyecare prescription.

Previous research by Specsavers found one in four drivers in Surrey cannot see well enough to be behind the wheel.

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