East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service wishes to remind drivers and riders about the importance of regular eye tests to help keep them safe behind the wheel on the roads.
Failing to look properly and judging the other person’s path, or speed, are the most common causation factors of road traffic collisions in our Service area. Being seen as well as staying focused on the road are vital factors in keeping both yourself and others safe.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Safety Manager, David Kemp, would like to encourage drivers to take positive action to stay safe: “The Fire Service is highlighting the importance of regular eyesight checks to ensure safety behind the wheel and to ensure that poor vision does not blur judgement.
“More people are driving as they get older, due to the increasing age of the population, and this number is even higher in rural areas, as mature motorists are more likely to drive, due to limited public transport.
“Remember, it is a legal requirement for mature drivers aged 70, and over, to be regularly tested every two years. However, if you are aged 60 or over you qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test.”
Key driving eyesight rule:
• You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’.
• You must tell DVLA if you’ve got any problem with your eyesight that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye.
• This doesn’t include being short or long sighted or colour blind. You also don’t need to say if you’ve had surgery to correct short sightedness and can meet the eyesight standards.