Are you a fleet manager? Do you ensure your drivers' eyesight is adequate enough for the long hours on the motorways? Fleet motorists should be having regular eyesight checks, according to Simon Elstow, head of training at driver training specialists, IAM Drive & Survive. With the dark nights now upon us and wintry driving conditions looming large it is more important than ever to make sure drivers are well prepared, with good vision a necessity. "Your eyesight will inevitably change as you get older, and usually not for the better," said Elstow. "Since the majority of information gathered in order to make decisions while driving is through your eyes, good vision is a necessity. "Poorer vision can pose an even greater risk during the winter months, with fewer hours of daylight and more challenging weather conditions. "Now is the time to book yourself in for an eye test to ensure you are as safe as you can be when driving your vehicle." IAM Drive & Survive also released a number of eyesight tips for the consideration of fleet operators and drivers alike:

  • Drivers must be able to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 20 metres. If motorists require glasses or contact lenses to do this they must be worn at all times.
  • It is against the law not to inform the DVLA if a motorist is diagnosed with a condition or illness that could cause vision impairment.
  • Drivers who have trouble with night vision or headlight glare should avoid driving in the dark.
  • Ensure all headlights, mirrors and windshields are kept clean to maximise your view at the wheel.
  • Avoid driving when tired, or make allowances, as vision is most affected at this time.

It is understandable that drivers wish to reach their destination regardless of the weather conditions, but it is also important to remain responsible and protect themselves and other road users from a dangerous road accident caused by poor eyesight at the wheel.