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N/A | National 1/3 of drivers can't see properly!

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by twistngo, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Might explain a few things.


    One third of Aussie drivers can't see properly

    A THIRD of Australian drivers admit to vision problems behind the wheel.

    And more than half rate snacks (55 per cent) and good music (59 per cent) above good vision (39 per cent) on long road trips.

    An alarming one in 20 motorists has trouble seeing pedestrian crossings, a study has revealed.

    More than a quarter struggle to read road signs, while 10 per cent admit failing to see speed humps or cyclists.

    The survey, conducted by optometrist Specsavers and Drive to Survive, comes as more than half the nation's drivers prepare to embark on an average six-hour road trip this summer.

    A further one in 14 Australians will complete an even longer haul of 16 hours-plus.

    Specsavers managing director Peter Larsen said the survey showed Australian drivers were blas aac about good vision.

    "We've got a third of Aussies saying they know they're overdue for an eye test, and a quarter of drivers who are legally required to wear glasses to drive admitting they have driven without them," he said.

    "When I hear that 12 per cent of drivers are more concerned about planning stops to McDonald's and The Big Pineapple than having good vision to drive, as an optometrist, it makes my blood run cold.

    "Your eyes are the most important safety feature as a driver and if you can't see clearly, you are risking not reaching your destination alive."
  2. Fixed - amazing what a bit of punctuation can do...
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  3. Well when riding thru spurs, it's obvious many can't see the center line but think they can see thru a blind corner......](*,)

    Seriously though, I don't understand why they don't do a simple eye test when it's time to renew your license...
    You have to go there for the photo so how hard would it be to do an eye test before you say cheese???
  4. They don't even make you do the vision test oor get confirmation in writing if you tick the vision impairment box. (I tick it, i get eyes tested every 6 months, i have it in writing... but the RTA don't care about any of it.)
  5. Because eye tests are much more complicated than they appear to the public, and the mugs down at Vicroads could not possibly conduct them properly. They won't pick up many of the common problems.

    The issue is that everyone thinks it's just about having sharp imaging (visual acuity), but there are a whole host of other factors that need to be checked for, mostly with specialist equipment.

    The Macula Degeneration Foundation, Glaucoma Australia and many other organisations have been trying to encourage people to take up the FREE biannual testing provided by Medicare but the message is just not getting through. Honestly, people are unnecessarily going blind because of this ignorance.

    I wouldn't be surprised if a third of riders can't see properly either.
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  6. It's that sense of entitlement people have - they think it's their right to drive, not a privilege. "I have children to take to school, therefore I need to drive - regardless of whether or not I am completely @rse at it".
  7. So how do I get my kids to school if there is no public transport.

    Sorry, but I do have the right to drive/ride. I pay the government an inordinate amount of money to ensure that I can. Maybe if the government provided suitable and reliable public transport for everyone then you could call driving a privilege, until then I have the right to go about my business, if that means driving a car or riding a motorcycle then so be it.
  8. I don't think so, but you're not the frame of reference I was speaking of. I'm betting you pay great attention to the quality of your driving/riding and your impact on others on the road.

    The group I'm referring to typically do not care about the quality of their driving, nor do they care about their impact or in fact, anything that exists beyond their idea of personal space.
  9. I appreciate your responce titus and you're right about all that..
    I was referring to something as simple as what you do when going for your license thinking it may catch the odd obvious issue...

    Hmm, maybe we're at a stage where everyone needs to have their eyes checked by one of these bulk billing eye test places with proof of the visit when renewing their licenses..
    Come to think of, this could actually help many find issues they're not even aware of so could be a community plus in more than just a traffic safety point of view...
  10. I know which group you are talking about and they are the same in the work place, at the footy, or in the shop as they are in the car. They are rude, arrogant and inconsiderate f*cks.

    But, they have the right to get a learners permit, do their 120hrs, do the red P's and green P's test and ultimately get a full licence.

    What's missing is real education and training for ALL road users that is accesible and affordable.

    As for the eye test, it actually costs NOTHING to get you eyes tested properly. Ok, getting the corrective lenses/glasses can be a bit pricey, but hey that's what health insurance is for.
  11. I have mild short sight and sometimes struggle to read street name signs....
    I do not require glasses to do the RTA eye test, just squint a bit.

    ...but i am NOT one of those numpties who reads the sign too late from three lanes over AND STILL TRIES TO PUSH ACROSS TO MAKE THE TURN!

    I ride to what I can see, and if my sight inconveniences me, I take it in my stride and go up the road and turn around safely.

    As much as vision correction, people need to learn courtesy for other road users and pay attention and not be isolated in their mobile loungechair.
  12. Now that's what I call a win-win solution. Great idea.
  13. The research doesn't surprise me at all.

    Als driving/riding is not a "right" as a lot like to think, it is a privilege (one that should be harder to earn). You have the right to try and earn the right to drive, but the driving/riding its self is not a right.

    Thankfully I don't legally need to wear corrective lenses when I drive (yet) but I do have a self imposed restriction when driving/riding at night.
  14. And that's the 1/3 who admit they've got a problem. I bet there's another 1/3 who think their sight is perfect but who'd fail the sight test. And the other 1/3 who see everything perfectly but choose to ignore things.

    anyone I've missed out?
  15. The other portion that know they have a sight problem and just ignore it?
  16. i transfed from QLD to NSW licence today and i had to do the Eye Test... and an older lady beside me Failed hers so she didnt get her licence
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  18. In NSW to maintain an unrestricted car license you need; Minimum best corrected visual acuity 6/12 AND no peripheral vision problems, binocular vision problems and night vision problems.

    In my experience the guys at the RTA occasionally test for visual acuity (letters on the chart), but i've noticed no real pattern to whom they decide to test and who they don't bother with. I got tested once and never again.

    All drivers over the age of 80 require an eye test (along with full medical) before they can renew their licence with the RTA.

    I believe this is a good start, but i think it's abit shortsighted (Ha Ha) to pick on just the oldies.
  19. If you have really bad eyesight that needs a high degree of correction, you will effectively have no peripheral vision because your glasses don't go that far. Yet as far as I'm aware, the RTA does not require a check of peripheral vision nor does the standard eye test at the optometrist provide such a check.
  20. Not entirely true, peripheral vision is tested independently from your acuity. In most cases it is a matter of 'seeing' or 'not-seeing'. So even if your script is super high, it doesn't render you with zero peripheral vision. Your peripheral vision does not resolve a great deal of detail anyway (try fixating on something straight ahead and reading a piece of writing 45degrees from your fixation). Your periphery is more sensitive to movement, not fine detail.

    It is not checked at the RTA but can be performed by any optometrist/general practitioner/ophthalmologist.

    It is generally NOT performed routinely by said practitioners unless requested by the RTA ie: for > 80 yearolds