As technology makes cars increasingly safer, we are raising awareness of the critical role vision plays in safety. Drivers have become very focused on safety, it’s a must-have. Most are concerned about their car’s abilities but don’t think about the major influential factor in crashes: human error. If the person operating a safe car can’t see clearly, then safety features may be inconsequential.
We know that vision is the most important sense for making decisions on the road and that uncorrected vision is a contributor to crash risk.^ Road safety starts with good vision, and that means seeing well at all distances, in all conditions.
This lack of awareness around driver safety is concerning for Tamborine Mountain Optometrists. Vision is responsible for around 90% of the information used when driving, even a small change in vision is cause for concern.
But how do you know if you might be at risk? Ask yourself if you experience any of the following:
Driving and modern-day living go hand in hand. Australians are spending more time in their cars commuting and traffic is ever-increasing. Poor vision is a contributor to road accidents and yet it’s a risk every driver can easily reduce by following the ‘Check Your Vision’ Golden Rule*:
^Dr. Tj Van Der Berg, 2005, Relevance of glare sensitivity and impairment of visual function among European drivers, European Commission. World Health Organisation raining Manual 2006: Road Traffic Injury Prevention.
*Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), 2017
Nicky Carr is our full time optometrist and is also our practice owner.