Antrim Specsavers offer free sight tests to local taxi drivers

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SPECSAVERS Antrim is offering free eye examinations to taxi drivers in the local area during Road Safety Week to make sure their eyes are fit to drive.

The Antrim store is inviting all taxi drivers, who present their PSV license in store, to take up its free sight test offer during Road Safety Week (Monday, November 19, through to Sunday, November 25).

Research by Specsavers at this year’s Balmoral Show found that nearly one in three people surveyed said that they had not had a proper sight test in the last two years. (*The Specsavers Drive Safe team interviewed 150 men and women over the course of the Balmoral show earlier this year).

So Antrim Specsavers decided to try and raise awareness about how important good vision is to safe driving.

Store director, Davin Quinn comments: “Eighty nine percent of drivers surveyed by the Specsavers’ Drive Safe Team at the recent Balmoral Show believed that having an eye examination should be a compulsory part of renewing your driver’s license every 10 years.

“In light of these recent figures, we at Specsavers wanted to do all that we possibly could to help promote the importance of sight tests, general eye health and the overall importance of high quality vision when driving”.

Inviting taxi drivers from the local areas seemed like the best way to start as they spend a considerable amount of time on the road. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all taxi drivers who wish to avail of this offer to book their appointment quickly, as the offer is available for one week only.’

“Ahead of Road Safety Week we would also urge drivers within the community to familiarise themselves with the legal guidelines for motorists”.

The guidelines state that driving with uncorrected, defective vision is an offence and carries a fine of up to £1,000, three penalty points or possible disqualification. Drivers must be able to read a number plate in daylight from a distance of 20.5 metres. If a driver cannot meet this standard they are breaking the law and their insurance may be invalid. Specsavers Antrim urges any one who does not meet these regulations to book an appointment immediately.

Specsavers, Antrim has the following advice for local drivers to minimise the risks of road accidents:

* Get your eyes checked at least once every two years and if you are told to wear glasses when driving – wear them. Failure to do so not only means breaking the law but putting yourself and others in danger.

* Do not wear sunglasses or polarising lenses in low visibility or at night as this will decrease your own ability to see the road.

* Carry a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses with you at all times just in case they get damaged.

Make sure your windscreen and windows are clean at the beginning of your journey to ensure clear visibility at all times. This also goes for headlights, indicators, hazard lights and brake lights. Displaying lights not only makes it easier for other cars to see you but also for you to see pedestrians.

* Some styles of glasses are inappropriate for night time driving. For example, you should never wear yellow tinted lenses as these will reduce your ability to see pedestrians and cyclists. If oncoming traffic dazzles and distracts you, an anti-reflection coating can help correct the problem.

Specsavers Antrim has also pointed out that ppointments must be booked in advance and will only be valid on presentation of a relevant PSV licence.

Opening hours are, Mon - Fri 9am-5.30pm & Sat 9am-5pm. To book an eye appointment at the Specsavers store, Castle Mall, Antrim, call 02894 427610.

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