134 Drivers Lose Licence Every Week Due To Eyesight

Drivers with poor eyesight have been reminded of the importance of wearing their glasses when behind the wheel, after it was revealed that 134 motorists lose their driving licence on a weekly basis because they fail to meet minimum eyesight requirements.

According to analysis by Direct Line Motor Insurance, 19,644 people were banned from driving between January 2017 and September 2019 because their eyesight was not good enough, reported This Is Money.

Head of motor insurance at Direct Line Steve Barrett said it is important to have eyes checked frequently, saying: “If people do not have regular eye tests, they may not even realise their vision is impaired when they get behind the wheel, which leaves them a danger to themselves and other road users.”

This would ensure “drivers have the appropriate corrective glasses or contact lenses so that their vision is adequate to drive”.

Shockingly, the research found 8.9 million people in the UK have not had their eyes checked in the last two years. It even revealed as many as 1.1 million Brits have never had an eye exam as an adult. Therefore, there are likely to be many thousands of people up and down the country unaware of their poor vision.

According to the DVLA, 12 people every week fail their driving test before it even begins simply because they cannot read a number plate 20 metres away – a requirement in the examination.

This comes after Your Money published research by Privilege Car Insurance that found ten per cent of motorists think they would fail their driving test if they had to take another one straight after passing.

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