November 23, 2008

Female Motorists Put Vanity before Road Safety

More Than 3.8 Million female motorists are putting vanity before safety by failing to wear prescription glasses while driving, according to a new survey.

Over a quarter (27 per cent) of female motorists should wear glasses whilst driving but do not always do so, with 10% of women questioned admitting to feeling embarrassed by how they look in unfashionable specs.

The “Vanity and Vision” poll of female motorists, conducted by Sheilas’ Wheels car insurance, revealed that more than one in ten (11%) admitted to being involved in an accident or near-miss in the last year as a result of bad eye sight. Accidents as a result of poor vision behind the wheel cost £981 on average.

Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School, remarks: “We urge all our pupils to test their eyesight by using our free eyesight simulator and get regular eye examination by an optician every couple of years after passing the driving test. Having good vision is crucial for safe driving.”

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