If you struggle to see at distance, it gives you less time to brake in order to avoid hitting something. If you cannot see colors well, you may pass through a stop signal without realizing it was telling you to halt. Blurred vision may prevent you from reading road signs or working out whether the thing at the side of the road is a person or a lamppost.
Yet, not everyone can have perfect eyesight. Accidents, illness and age can lessen our ability to see clearly and drive in safety.
What are your options if you have poor eyesight?
The first thing to do is see an eye specialist. A corrective lens might solve the issue, or perhaps you need surgery. Eyes change with time, so it is essential to get eye checks every year to ensure any lenses you get are still apt. If you get lenses, make sure you wear them. Here are some more options:
- Slow down: If you take longer to spot things or work out what you are seeing, it leaves you less time to react. Counter that by driving more slowly. The slower you travel, the quicker you will come to a halt.
- Restrict driving: More crashes occur between dusk and dawn than during the day. However many carrots you eat, seeing in the dark is challenging, making nighttime driving more dangerous. If you struggle to see in the day, it’s safest not to drive at night.
Poor vision can still cause a car crash, even if your vision happens to be perfect. Remember, the roads are full of other drivers who might not ensure their vision is up to the task. If you’re involved in a wreck with a driver who shouldn’t have been on the road, find out more about your right to fair compensation for your losses.