Poll: Drivers – when did you last have an eye test?

When did you last have your eyes tests? Picture: Denise Bradley

When did you last have your eyes tests? Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Drivers are ducking eye tests with some who need glasses at the wheel often declining to use them, says a survey.

As many as 26pc of drivers have not had an eye test in the last two years, the poll by road safety charity Brake showed.

A total of 9pc have not visited an optician for five years or more, while 3pc had not had eye checks for more than a decade, revealed the survey which also involved insurance company RSA and Specsavers.

Of those who need glasses for driving, 1pc had driven without them several times in the past 12 months while 2pc had driven without them once a month or more in the past 12 months.

To raise awareness among drivers about their responsibilities, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is today launching an online education campaign.

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Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: 'Being a driver is a huge responsibility, and means you need to look after your own health and fitness to drive as well as making sure your vehicle is roadworthy.

'If your vision isn't up to scratch you are posing an enormous risk on roads, as being able to see properly is fundamental to being a good driver. Your eyesight can deteriorate rapidly without you noticing, and at the wheel that can be lethal. That's why it is so important to get tested every two years and always wear glasses or lenses if you need them when driving.'

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