Half of motorists admit their eyesight has deteriorated since they first took their driving test and many would fail it if taken again now.
A study by esure car insurance shows that 8% of motorists are not able to read a license plate from 20 metres, the distance required to be able to read it to pass a driving test.
Not being able to read the plate at this distance would result in an automatic driving test failure.
Almost half of motorists admitted their eyesight had deteriorated since they first took their test and 42% say they slow down or squint to read road signs.
Even more worrying is that 28% of those polled actually ask their passengers to read road signs for them.
Only 43% of motorists polled said they were confident they would pass the eyesight section of the driving test again .
In 2009 alone, over 4,00 drivers were banned from the roads due to failing eyesight.
Even those who have been prescribed glasses don’t always wear them, in fact 12% admit to regularly driving without them.
If motorists have concerns about their eyesight then they are required by law to immediately book an eye test, but 17% of motorists questioned said they would not and 45% said they would continue driving.
Motorists wait three years on average to have an eye exam, although 10% confess to not having an eye exam in 10 years.
Mike Pickard, Head of Risk and Underwriting at esure car insurance, said: “While the number of motorists banned from driving due to poor eyesight is increasing, it’s shocking to see how many motorists have concerns about not having twenty-twenty vision but are still happy to drive.
“We urge all motorists to have their eyes examined regularly and to make sure they always wear their glasses if required whilst driving. Failing to do so could land you them a hefty fine and poses a danger to both themselves and other road users.”
MoneyHighStreet comments: “Having an eye test literally takes a few minutes and yet clearly many just don’t get around to arranging one, even if they are concerned about deteriorating eyesight.
“Not only are they risking their own and others lives on the road, they are also risking that the degradation in their eyesight is due to a medical condition that should be investigated sooner rather than later.
“In the current climate when a significant number of people are struggling with their finances and looking to save money, risking a fine is simply not worth it either. And it’s not just the fine, having a car accident for example could ultimately lead to increased car insurance costs.
“Taking a few minutes to get an eye test really is worth it.”