Major Survey And Assessment Of Attitudes To Eye Sight And Road Safety

Posted on April 22nd, 2009 by GEM Motoring Assist

GEM Motoring Assist Web-based Poll Seeks Public Views

USING its powerful web site Road Safety champion GEM Motoring Assist (GEM) is carrying out its biggest and most sophisticated survey ever into attitudes to drivers’ vision by the general public.

“Poor eyesight is a major factor in compromising road safety,” said David Williams, Chief Executive of GEM. “But adequate vision is too readily taken for granted by the majority of the public who fail to recognize their ability to see properly can alter over the years – even in a younger person.

Many peoples’ eye sight actually improves as they get older but if you continue to wear more powerful glasses than you need this can be just as dangerous as a weak prescription or not having your eyes checked regularly at all.”

The public questionnaire on the GEM web site asks visitors to indicate by means of tick boxes when they last had an eye test, whether they believe a regular eyesight test should be a legal requirement and finally what interval should apply between tests.

“These simple questions will give GEM a good indication of what attitudes to safe vision are and how essential a campaign to motivate the public is,” said David.

He pointed out that a professional eyesight test is not very expensive, often financed by an employer and free to those over 60. “It is also a good indicator of general health,” he said.

He is urging people to participate in the confidential survey and help further an essential element of road safety.

GEM Motoring Assist provides a number of services to its members including an award winning breakdown recovery service. Its charitable arm publishes free road safety and information leaflets, finances research, campaigns for all road users and rewards those that work for a safer environment when travelling.