Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Scunthorpe optician donates high vis to students ahead of Road Safety Week

With car dependency at a 15-year high, Specsavers in Scunthorpe is providing high-visibility vests to the local community for Road Safety Week (November 15-21), in order to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our sight, particularly when driving as the nights get darker.

Research shows that poor vision increases a driver’s risk of crashing as it limits their ability to recognise hazards and impacts reaction time. Worryingly, the DVLA recently found that just 48% of drivers were aware of the essential eyesight requirement of the 20-metre number plate test.

With one in five drivers admitting they expect to use their cars more as a result of the pandemic and with figures showing someone is killed or seriously injured on UK roads every 22 minutes, Specsavers is highlighting how to minimise these risks whilst also providing high-vis donations to local schools.

Scunthorpe’s store director and optometrist, Agyapal Dhaliwal, said: “Having good eyesight is one of the most basic requirements of safe driving. It means drivers will be able to spot potential dangers, see pedestrians and other vehicles, read road signs and judge speed, distance and movement. Without this, there could be catastrophic consequences on the road.

“While an eye test plays a part in being granted your driver’s license in that you must be able to read a number plate from 20 meters away – eyesight can change over time, especially as we get older. This is why it is so important to have regular eye checks, not only to address any changes in short or long-sightedness but also because an optician can spot sight-threatening conditions that you may not be aware of, such as cataracts, macular degeneration or glaucoma.”

Agyapal said: “While we want to encourage all drivers to have an up-to-date eye test to ensure that they can see clearly on the road, we also want to help increase pedestrian visibility, which is why we have been donating high-visibility vests to schools and local community groups.

“As is evident from the research, vision is vital to help us judge speed and ensure quick reaction times. However, for those who do wear glasses, it is also important to ensure that their lenses are suitable for driving too.”

Make sure to discuss any difficulties with your optician so that they can ensure you have the right lenses to suit your needs and lifestyle. For more information on safe driving visit https://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/glasses-lenses/anti-glare-driving-glasses-road-safety or https://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/lenses-for-lifestyle for information in different lens options.

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