How Oxfordshire Drivers Might Void Their Automotive Insurance – Oxford Mail

Motorists in Oxfordshire could void their car insurance and risk losing their driver's license without realizing it.

On the occasion of Road Safety Week 2021, contact lens retailer Lenstore asked 1,029 British motorists about their driving habits in relation to their eyesight.

The study found that less than half of motorists (48 percent) wear their prescribed glasses 100 percent in traffic, compared to a third of contact lens wearers.

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Wearing prescribed glasses or contact lenses allows you to meet the 6/12 (decimal 0.5) standard on the Snellen scale required to drive a car.

If you drive on public roads without fulfilling this requirement, your driving license could be revoked and prosecuted.

Every tenth driver breaks the law by not wearing the prescribed glasses while driving, risking losing his car insurance and losing his driver's license.

The study also found that 65 percent of motorists are ignorant of the minimum eyesight requirements for driving a car.

The DVLA's legal standard of vision stipulates that you must be able to read a license plate 20 meters away.

When asked about the visual requirement, 65 percent of the drivers gave an incorrect answer stating the distance above or below the minimum standard, while only 35 percent of the drivers answered correctly.

The majority (67%) of those surveyed are also of the opinion that drivers over the age of 60 are not allowed to drive on public roads.

Optometrist Roshni Patel MCOptom said: “With multiple accidents on the road due to poor vision, it is vital for drivers to have regular eye exams.

“Drivers should take an eye test at least every two years to ensure that they are roadworthy and do not endanger themselves or others. If you notice any deterioration in your vision or a change in your vision, it is important to have an eye test as soon as possible.

“Poor eyesight can lead to a slower response to events on the road and thus increase the likelihood of an accident.

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“In addition to regular eye tests, drivers should also be particularly vigilant at certain times of the year and under certain conditions. For example, in the winter months, the sun has a tendency to go up and down during rush hour, which can affect the driver's vision and prevent them from seeing.

“Drivers can take simple precautions, such as: For example, keep sunglasses in your car, use your visor, and make sure your windshield is clean. Allowing and slowing down this extra space between the cars around you is another way of reducing accidents in poor visibility. "

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