Friday, 15 November 2013

Young Drivers Urged To Look After Their Eyesight

A recent survey undertaken by revealed that young drivers between 18 and 24 were more likely to have issues driving due to bad eyesight when compared to older motorists.

The "Think About Your Eyes" campaign aims to identify poor eyesight on the road.

The report showed that whilst over 50% of motorists over the age of 55 required glasses or corrective lenses when driving compared to just a third of young drivers, around 10% of younger motorists believe that they should probably be wearing glasses when they drive.

Perhaps more worryingly 1 in 7 young drivers are of the opinion that they have put themselves before the safety of their passengers due to eyesight, compared to 1 in 35 motorists over the age of 55.

The report also showed:

  • 1 in 5 young drivers say they have been unable to see road signs when compared to 1 in 20 older motorists.
  • 1 in 7 young drivers struggle to read number plates
  • A third of young motorists have driven onto a roundabout and narrowly missed being hit because they failed to spot the oncoming vehicle.
  • 40% of young drivers admitted to a near-miss because a vehicle came out of nowhere.

Whilst these figures do suggest that young motorists need to consider their eyesight and wear glasses - where appropriate, they also suggest that young drivers are simply less aware of other road-users and need to be more vigilant whilst driving to avoid claims on their car insurance.

With the weather getting colder and the night’s drawing in earlier iKube would like to remind young drivers to stay safe on the road. If you need to wear glasses whilst driving we strongly recommend doing so as you could be putting yourself and others at risk by not doing so.