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Car driving eyesight checks

It almost goes without saying that anyone who uses a vehicle on public road should ensure that their eyesight is up to scratch. If a driver causes an accident and they are found to have an eyesight issue that has not been corrected or the driver is not wearing appropriate corrective glasses or lenses, you may not be covered by your insurance.

If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses it is your responsibility to get your eyes checked regularly in accordance with your opticians recommendations. By the same token it is also your responsibility to get your eyes checked by a qualified optician if you suspect that you have a problem with your vision.

Your eyesight and the driving test

Before you take your test you will be given a simple eyesight test by the examiner to check that your eyesight meets a basic standard. The test will involve being able to read a number plate easily at a distance of approximately 20 metres. If you are unable to read it, you will be asked to read a second number plate at the same distance, and if you fail this, you will be given one more chance with a third number plate. If you fail on the final attempt you will fail the driving test and not be allowed to continue.

This may not be a major problem as it may just mean that you will have to get an appointment with an optician, and get some prescription glasses or contact lenses.

If you develop an eyesight problem following your test

As mentioned before, it is your responsibility to get your eyes checked and rectify the problem. If you need glasses in order to see properly after that, you are required by law to wear them when you are driving. If you cause an accident and it is discovered that you have a vision problem or you were not wearing your corrective glasses, you may not be covered by your insurance policy, and may also be liable to prosecution.

If you are prosecuted for driving with defective vision you could receive a fine of up to £1000, 3 penalty points and even face possible disqualification from driving.

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