The road safety charity Brake reported 2,900 casualties this year due to drivers’ poor vision, equating to 55 casualties every week that could have been avoided!
This week is Road Safety Week, an annual initiative that focuses on road safety and promotes steps that everyone can take to stop needless deaths and injuries.
Below are the DVLA visual standards required to drive in the UK. If you are unsure whether you will pass the required standards or if you are having any difficulties such as reading road signs, or driving at night then please book an eye examination to ensure that you are legal to drive.
The visual standards required to drive in the UK:
- You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
- You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.
- You must also have an adequate field of vision (At least 120 degrees horizontally with no defects in the central 20 degrees)