Businesses promote road safety week and sight tests

From left, director of Tim Norton Motor Services Tim Norton, owner of Simmons Optometrists James Alexander and PCSO Jay Cooper
From left, director of Tim Norton Motor Services Tim Norton, owner of Simmons Optometrists James Alexander and PCSO Jay Cooper
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An optometrist and garage have joined forces this week to raise awareness of the importance of driving with good vision.

Simmons Optometrists and Tim Norton Motors, both of Oakham, are working together to promote Road Safety Week.

The two businesses are urging people to have eye tests and have also produced an educational leaflet for drivers and placed number plates outside their premises so that people can check their vision accurately at 20.5 metres. New research by RSA Insurance Group has found that road crashes caused by poor driver vision cost the UK an estimated £33 million a year and result in nearly 2,900 casualties.

James Alexander, from Simmons Optometrists, said: “Changes in vision can occur gradually over a period of time and a driver may not realise they have a problem with their vision. The NHS recommends that adults have their eyes tested every two years yet many drivers fail to look after their eyesight.”

Tim Norton said: “Road Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about driver vision and encourage everyone to do everything they can to protect others when they’re at the wheel.”