Women drivers site specs as fashion faux pas

August 22, 2008 | By | In Statistics

More than 3.8 million women drivers have admitted to driving without wearing their spectacles More than 3.8 million women drivers have admitted to driving without wearing their spectacles because they feel that their glasses make them look unfashionable.

According to a survey conducted by insurer Sheila’s Wheels entitled the ‘Vanity and Vision’ poll, 11 per cent of 1500 female motorists admitted to being involved in an accident or experiencing a near miss in the past 12 months as a result of driving with poor vision.

More than a third of women surveyed admitted to feeling ‘self conscious’ whilst wearing glasses with almost a quarter of women concluding their spectacles made them look ‘unfashionable’ behind the wheel.

Just over a quarter of women admitted that they had chosen fashion sunglasses as opposed to prescription sunglasses for driving.

More importantly, 16 per cent of women disclosed failing to keep their prescriptions up to date, with 55 per cent admitting to slowing down to read road signs, a potential hazard to other motorists.

Jacky Brown of Sheilas' Wheels car insurance said: 'We are urging women to get regular eye examinations, always wear glasses while driving if they need to, and invest in a pair of fashionable prescription sunglasses so they can look fantastic and drive safely.'

Kelly Plahay, director of the Eyecare Trust added that the women who failed to wear appropriate vision correction when driving were not only endangering their lives but breaking the law every time they got behind the wheel.

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