Car insurance: Eye see danger for untested drivers

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

People who drive long distances for a living are at risk and are putting others in peril because they are not having their eyesight tested regularly, according to new research.

Specsavers, the brand of opticians, has surveyed 1,276 workers who include van drivers, company drivers and chauffeurs. It found that one in five drivers has not had an eye test for over five years.

Adrian Taylor, director of corporate healthcare at Specsavers, said: "Company vehicles are potentially one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment staff use.

"It is extremely worrying that most employers do very little to ensure the eyesight of those driving vehicles is checked."

Some 88 per cent of those surveyed would prefer to have their eyes regularly tested because 98 per cent believe that accidents and subsequent claims on your motor insurance can be a consequence of poor eyesight.

To pass a basic driving test you need to be able to see a number plate from a distance of 20.5 m away.

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