The study found that 22% of British drivers who need glasses or contact lenses have knowingly driven without them, putting themselves and others at risk. And it is mostly younger drivers who are guilty. 35% of 17-24 year olds do not always drive with their eyewear compared to about 20% of 45-54 year olds.
Further research conducted this year by Specsavers found that 92% of drivers are in favour of compulsory eye examinations for drivers every five years, particularly for the over 40s.
Of 2,000 people surveyed, 53% were also in favour of random roadside testing of drivers’ eyesight. The survey also revealed that:
- 1 in 3 drivers may not have had an eye test in the last two years.
- 80% of those surveyed believe that drivers over 40 years old should have their vision re-tested regularly.
- 65% thought that carrying a spare pair of corrective glasses should be required by law.
- 57% of drivers requiring corrective eyewear did not carry a spare pair of glasses with them when driving.