Driving Eyesight

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    Posted: 09-11-2017  In: General Driving

    According to DVLA (Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency), every drive must go clear driving eyesight test to drive cars and motorcycles legally on the roads of UK. Therefore, if you still haven’t tested your eyesight, now is a perfect time. A research study by Vision Express, renowned British Optician since 1988, revealed that every one in six drivers has never gone to test their eyes, which ultimately results in driving failure. The further discovered that 78% drivers undergo driving eyesight test because they either show their weak vision symptoms during tests or try to fake out of it.

    Driving Eyesight Rules:

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    DVLA have introduced rules and regulations which includes wearing of contact lenses or glasses all the time while driving. This is the basic regulation of ‘standards of vision for driving’ by DVLA. Furthermore, you need to consult an eye specialist if one of two eyes have weak vision. There’s no need for mentioning defects such as eye surgery, long, short-sightedness or colour blindness, but DVLA asks the drivers to be responsible and take care of your sight while driving.

    What are Standards of Vision for Driving?

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    Standards of Vision for driving are basic regulations for drivers to comply. For instance, according to it, you must be able to read car’s number plate or traffic signs from 20 metres distance with contact lenses or glasses (if necessary). Your eyesight must be 6/12 (decimal 0.5) on the Snellen scale. You must also have a panoramic 120-degree view when looking straight ahead, that means you must have a 60-degree view on the right and 60-degree view on the left. It is also called Horizontal field of vision.

    Driving Eyesight Test:

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    After correctly reading the number plates (plates made after September 1st, 2000), you will need to few other practical questions related to driving based on your eyesight. Remember, if you fail to tell the number plate of the parked vehicle, you’d be failed straight away. So, take responsibility for eyesight and look-after it before going for a driving eyesight test.

    Driving Accidents:

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    DVLA reported that there were more accidents of drivers with weak eyesight than average drivers. This means that out of 42,519 accidents that took place in the past four years had 90% drivers with weak eyesight. DVLA strictly recommends drivers to undergo driving eyesight test to be on the safe side, it has become a prominent portion of licensing, and there are chances you might not receive the driving license without eyesight clearance.