Vision Express has partnered up with the Road Haulage Association to try and encourage motorists to go and get their eyes tested during Road Safety Week.
This came about as the road safety charity Brake done some research and discovered that one in four drivers weren’t having their eyes tested on a regular basis. One in five would avoid going to the opticians, even if they began to notice a problem with their eye sight and lastly one in eight drives admitted to driving without wearing their glasses or contact lenses in the past year.
To try and get these figures down Vision Express has offered free eye tests to all drivers, Vision Express have got their Vision Van doing a tour of UK service stations.
CEO of Vision Express, Jonathan Lawson said, “It’s worrying that for most of us, the only mandatory vision check is when we read a registration place from 20 metres as part of our driving test.”
Mr Lawson added, “As Cassie’s Law has given authorities greater powers to revoke driving licences over concerns about standards of vision, it’s never been more important to know that your sight is up to scratch.”
Specsavers has also done it’s bit by not only supporting Road Safety Week but they have sponsored another campaign called “Drive Less, Live More”. The campaign was made to try and encourage people to drive less to improve their health, decrease pollution and save money.
Dame Mary Perkins, the co-founder of Specsavers said, “As winter approaches, bad weather and dark nights impact on visibility affecting pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike. But we hope this doesn’t discourage people from walking and cycling at this time of year.”
Mrs Perkins added, “We urge all road users to ensure they have regular eye tests in order to keep both themselves and their loved ones safe and to cut down on the amount of preventable collisions on our roads.”