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Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Driving in winter isn’t always much fun – with ice, rain, snow, high winds and bad light affecting our journeys   Drivers in their 40s often experience more difficulties with their vision during the winter months and we therefore advise a comprehensive sight test before the bad winter weather sets in – or take the risk of breaking the law as driving with uncorrected vision is not only an offence (punishable with a heavy fine, penalty licence points and possible driving disqualification) but your car insurance is also invalidated! As a minimum legal requirement, motorists must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet) and have a 120 degree wide field of view. This test is normally only carried out officially at the time of the driving test itself and recent research has shown that more than 10 per cent of drivers would fail a driving test if they re-took it today because of poor eyesight. In law it is a driver’s responsibility to ensure that they can pass the number plate test at all times. They must also be able to see clearly out of the corners of their eyes, see clearly at night and not have double vision. It’s important to remember that if you fail to meet these visual standards you are breaking the law every time you start your engine. For drivers, the importance of having a regular eye examination (at least every two years) is obvious, particularly bearing in mind that people’s eyesight changes over time. If you do need to wear spectacles or contact lenses to...