Importance Of Good Eyesight When Driving – Legal Requirements

Most drivers can recall in vivid detail the day they passed their driving test as a fond and light hearted anecdote we carry with us of one the most nerve wracking moments in our lives, but just how important is the eyesight test done before you even set foot in the car?

Car License Sight Test

The procedure done by a driving examiner includes the mandatory testing of driver eyesight before assessing their driving skills, with everyone required to be able to read a full car license plate number approximately 20 metres from the vehicle in the test centre car park.
Many who ease through the procedure may not be aware of the strict regulations if you cannot read the first or second number plates correctly, a third and final chance is given until your eyesight is deemed unsuitable for the roads, thereby immediately failing the test and possibly cruelly ending a driving career before its even begun, unless corrective surgery is done or correct eyewear obtained if possible.

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Drivers with sight problems in both or either eye are required to notify the DVLA prior to taking the test, while those simply with short or long sightedness are required to wear the correct prescription glasses or contact lenses when they take the test and for the duration of their driving life should they be successful.

What about users already on the roads?

Despite young road users often being notoriously maligned in the media for the cause of many accidents or display of poor driving ability which increase insurance prices for the majority in the under-25 age bracket, it could be argued that those drivers at the other end of the scale where no age limit is in place, are potentially just as likely to cause an accident through degenerating eyesight as we get older.

Healthy vision in any age group is a must when considering the safety of ourselves as drivers and those around us, with the DVLA often concerned at whether natural changes of eyesight and vision are reported as expected to the authority, or whether people are all too nonchalant about the importance of optimum sight when driving.
It is therefore imperative that any road users who have legally driven for some time are regularly tested at a doctors or opticians to determine any defective eyesight problems before they become dangerous, and get the required spectacles or contact lenses required if necessary, making the overall driving experience safer and essentially more comfortable when you can actually see the number plate or sign in front of you without having to get too close!

Jamie likes to keep up with the latest technology and lifestlye news and writes for leading glasses online retailer Directsight.

Comments

  1. Jobelle says:

    Good eyesight is very important for drivers. I believe that those who are checking the eyesight for driver’s license should be knowledgeable or at least they should do their job correctly. I remember this one time, my dad got his driver’s license. We were surprised then that the examiner gave him a 20-20 for eyesight when he actually had a very very bad eyesight that he cannot read very well without his glasses. No wonder there are a lot of car accidents nowadays.

  2. Jobelle says:

    Good eyesight is very important for drivers. I believe that those who are checking the eyesight for driver’s license should be knowledgeable or at least they should do their job correctly. I remember this one time, my dad got his driver’s license. We were surprised then that the examiner gave him a 20/20 visual acuity when he actually had a very very bad eyesight that he cannot read very well without his glasses. No wonder there are a lot of car accidents nowadays.

  3. nica angelica says:

    Having a good eyesight is really necessary in applying for a driver’s license since our eyes is being used when we are driving. It is good to know that it is a requirement to prevent further accident on the road due to sight problems.

  4. Michelle says:

    I didn’t know there is an eyesight test before getting a driver’s license. I thought driving skill is the only measure to be issued a license. Well, it’s good to know that there is this kind of test. Having a good eyesight is very important for drivers so that accidents can be avoided and traffic rules are obeyed properly.

  5. JollySec says:

    I didn’t get my driver license yet, but I know its one of the primary qualifications to have an excellent eyesight. Sadly, my vision is 120-150, and I can’t clearly see things, especially signboards, ten feet away from me. I practically need glasses wherever I go. Is there still a chance I can apply for driver’s license? Perhaps I could use my glasses or a pair of graded contact lenses during the exam? Can anyone enlighten me. Thanks!

  6. Joven Demetillo says:

    Having a good eyesight in driving cars is very important. A person with a good eyesight has a lesser chance to encounter accident. A good eyesight is very important for all drivers. As part of getting driving license, they must give importance during physical checkup on drivers’ eyes since driving without using your eyes is just like driving in a very dark road with no lights around it.

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