What you need to know about eyesight driving rules


To ensure safe driving, one must meet certain standards for vision and this is called Driving Eyesight Rules. The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency has come up with a list of requirements one must comply with, including the ability to read car registration plates as far as 20 metres away. Another requirement is to pass the Snellen Scale.

Lastly, one’s peripheral vision is also measured. Peripheral vision is tested with or without eye glasses or contact lenses. This test is applicable to those people who can see with both of their eyes or only with one eye.

Simon Elstow, who heads the Institute of Advanced Motorists, has given the following tips for safe driving. To ensure that one meets the standards, one must have their eyes checked by a professional and must divulge any visual impairments. It is considered a criminal offence by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency to not reveal any vision problems.

Those with vision impairments must wear either contact lenses or glasses in order to see up to 20 metres ahead. Eyesight will decline after you reach the age of 40 and there are also driving conditions that will affect vision further. Vision impairments can increase the risk of accidents especially during the winter season where driving conditions are more challenging.

Being mindful of the quality of your vision is important in order to reduce accidents and to make sure that you are driving safely, you must get the quality of your vision tested. Clean all windows such as your windscreen, side windows and rear windows to increase visibility, having good lights also ensures increased driving safety and good wipers are also important.

De-steaming the car before driving is also a good idea and to avoid the glare from oncoming headlights, you must wear sunglasses or avoid looking at the lights directly. As an added tip, make sure to take frequent breaks during long driving as it is said that having eye fatigue greatly affects vision.