Consider Good Vision at Work
WHY GOOD VISION IS NEEDED
• The eyes control most of your movements and decisions while driving. With good vision
and visual comfort you can drive safely by maintaining concentration. Daylight vision
problems are usually worse at night, increasing the risk in driving.
• Many motor vehicle accidents are caused by drivers’ poor vision. According to most
parties involved in an accident, the other driver "must have been blind".
Let’s look at some of the possible causes of these accidents:
• The driver’s vision is below the recommended standard. He could have a visual
deficiency such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Cataracts could also
affect the driver’s vision.
• Failure to wear spectacles or contact lenses where they have been prescribed for
• Low visibility due to darkness or adverse weather conditions, including extreme heat.
• Driving too fast. The normal field of vision is 180°. At 95 km/h the field of vision is only a
quarter of its normal size. This means that the faster you drive, the less you see to the
• Glare in the driver’s eyes.
• A dirty windshield .
• Distraction of driver from either inside or outside the vehicle.
• Reduced mental alertness because of fatigue, alcohol, drugs, boredom or general
TIPS FOR EASIER, SAFER DRIVING
If you have prescription spectacles for driving, make sure you always wear them.
Wear professionally prescribed sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun glare. They will also
screen out harmful ultraviolet radiation.
Ensure your windscreen is always clean and scratch-free, both inside and out.
Make sure your headlight glass is clean, that the bulbs are in good working order and that the
lighting system is properly positioned.
Don’t stare at oncoming headlights - it takes longer to recover from the glare. Look a little to
Allow your eyes to adapt to lower light levels when moving from brightly lit areas to darker
The golden rule of night driving is "Speed must go down with the sun".
Good driving needs good vision. It is your personal responsibility to be certain you have the
visual skills necessary to drive safely. The eyes, like the rest of the body, change throughout life.
Good vision 5 years ago does not imply good vision today.