Car insurance customers in Chester fail to meet legal eyesight requirements

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Not all drivers in Chester meet the legal eyesight requirements, a new survey has discovered.

According to the Specsavers' research, one out of every ten car insurance customers in the area has eyesight that is below the required standard, Chester First reported.

The study, which was conducted at the Forum Shopping Centre, revealed that almost a third of drivers had not had a recent eye test.

Specsavers' Drive Safe campaign, which aims to increase the awareness of the dangers of driving with poor vision, involved polling 100 Chester residents who drive a vehicle.

Store director of Specsavers in Chester, Huw Edwards said: "It's vital that your eyes are tested at least every other year as it can highlight health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and glaucoma. For drivers, it's especially important."

One in six motorists in Rochdale would fail their driving test due to poor eyesight, a separate study discovered.

As required in a driving test, those taking part in the research were asked to read a standard number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres.

Posted by Claire Carter

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