A staggering 4.3million drivers risk £1,000 in fines – here’s why and how to avoid them

A SHOCKING number of UK motorists may risk £1,000 in fines this winter.

With melting ice and rainfall across the country as the weather warms up, wet conditions pose a significant risk to road users.

Drivers are urged to have their eyes checked this winter


Drivers are urged to have their eyes checked this winterPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Wet roads combined with winter sun and shorter days means drivers need to be extra vigilant – especially when it comes to their vision.

research of Specsavers shows that nearly a fifth of drivers (19%) who require glasses to drive have not had their eyes tested for three years or more.

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New statistics from the Association of Optometrists (AOP) also show that two-thirds of eyeglass or contact lens wearers “postpone” paying for vision correction.

With up to 13 million people making their way home at Christmas to be with their families, staying safe behind the wheel is important.

The AA says: “If you are found to be driving with insufficient vision you face a fine of £1,000, 3 points on your driving license or possible disqualification.

“Police may also request that your license be revoked immediately if they believe you pose a danger to the public.”

To help, Specsavers shares advice on accessing affordable eye care, as well as advice on making sure our eyes stay safe and firmly on the road.

If you wear glasses, the first thing you should do before heading home for Christmas is to make sure your prescription is correct.

Many people are eligible for free eye tests with the NHS, including those aged 60 and over, those under 18 in full-time education and those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma.

Specsavers also want to remind drivers that the air can get dry and crisp in winter.

It can be bad for our eyes and sometimes our driving habits can make them worse.

One thing motorists can do is make sure the heater nozzles are angled to avoid blowing hot air in the face, as this can dry out the eyes.

Giles Edmonds, Specsavers Clinical Services Director, says: “Although we all want to head out over Christmas to see our loved ones, it is important that we stay safe and good eyesight is one of the basic requirements for safe driving .

“This means drivers can identify potential hazards, see pedestrians and other vehicles, read road signs, and estimate speed, distance and movement.”

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