Mark Skaife joins Spacsavers campaign for safer motoring

Important message: V8 Supercar legend Mark Skaife is encouraging anyone who has prescription glasses for driving to wear them when behind the wheel. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Important message: V8 Supercar legend Mark Skaife is encouraging anyone who has prescription glasses for driving to wear them when behind the wheel. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

A campaign is under way to discourage drivers who wear prescription glasses from hitting the road without their eyewear.

A study revealed that one quarter of motorists who need glasses for driving have got behind the wheel without them on.

Just as concerning, the Galaxy research poll conducted for Specsavers revealed 38 per cent of people had trouble seeing while driving.

In order to reduce the risk that drivers can be exposing themselves and others to, Specsavers have paired with six-time Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Skaife to encourage everyone to have an eye test, and for those with prescription glasses to never drive without them.

“I recently had an eye test at my local Specsavers store and the results took me completely by surprise,” Skaife said.

“I had thought that my current prescription was fine however a quick consultation showed that I needed to upgrade to a stronger prescription for driving, so I’m encouraging all motorists who wear glasses to ensure they get tested regularly.

“I always ensure that I keep a second pair of glasses in my car at all times, so I don’t forget to use them while driving!”

Specsavers Dubbo optometrist Yvonne Gilmour is calling on motorists to book an eye test.

“As an optometrist, I find the number of Australian motorists driving without their prescription glasses worrying,” she said.

“I recommend that all motorists have an eye test every two years and carry the right prescription eyewear with them at all times when on the road.

“At Specsavers Dubbo, eye tests are bulk billed to Medicare, so there is no out of pocket expense to customers.”

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