In a study into driving habits in the UK, one fifth of road users who need glasses have admitted to not wearing them behind the wheel.

TyrePros.co.uk surveyed 1,000 people and found that 18% of road users said they need glasses to drive but will sometimes operate a vehicle without them.

Rule 92 of the Highway Code states: “You must be able to read a vehicle number plate, in good daylight, from a distance of 20 metres. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to do this, you must wear them at all times while driving.”

Driving without your glasses or contact lenses is illegal and if you are caught driving without them you could end up with a fine, penalty points on your licence or even a driving ban.

If your licence has a 01 in box 12, you are required by law to wear glasses when driving. The police also have the power to require a driver to undertake an eyesight test if they suspect you are driving without them.

Divisional Director of Tyre Pros, Simon Crowe, said: “"Wearing glasses and contact lenses can often be an inconvenience to some people for various reasons. This may cause them to not use their eyewear each and every day.

“However, when it comes to driving, you need to ensure that you are able to see perfectly. If you can’t, not only are you putting yourself in danger but other motorists and pedestrians too."

"Using the correct eyewear is especially important with the early sunsets, wet weather and slippery conditions that drivers might encounter during the winter months. Winter driving can be hazardous so even drivers whose vision is only slightly impaired need to be fully aware of their surroundings, as well as ensuring they are driving carefully and have the correct tyre tread depth."

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