With many people embarking on long journeys to visit friends and family over the Christmas period, we’re urging you not to ignore one key preparation: ensuring your eyes are road-ready.

The warning follows new research revealed that over a third of people struggle to read road signs while driving, a problem made worse in wintery conditions when visibility is lower and the days get darker earlier. 13% of you revealed you’ve had never had an eye exam. Driving with poor vision can have disastrous and sometimes fatal consequences with research estimating vision related accidents result in 2,900 casualties each year.

Read our top tips to keep you safe on the road this Christmas:

 

1. Are you in the over 40 age bracket?

After the age of 40, your eyesight can decline without you even noticing and it’s essential that if you are in this age bracket, or have any concerns about your eyesight, that you have regular eye checks. People sometimes delay going for a test because they’re in denial and may even be scared of losing their licence. It’s hard to accept that your eyesight might have deteriorated, particularly when driving, but don’t take the risk this Christmas.

2. Keep up to date

 Regularly check your own eyesight by testing if you can read a number plate from 20 metres away. You can get busy at Christmas and getting an eye test can feel like the furthest thing from your mind but you should always wear an up-to-date pair of glasses or contact lenses while driving, if they are needed

3. Lenses and coatings

Don’t use tinted lenses for night driving and if possible, have an anti-reflection coating on your spectacles

 

You can find out more on our driving and vision pages. If you are unsure about how good your vision is or have not been for a recent eye test, book an appointment with your optometrist. You can find your local optometrist here