When it comes to news about driving, it’s often the buzz around electric vehicles that hits the headlines. But this time, it’s our roads that are getting some of the attention. More specifically, just opposite our practice on St John’s Wood High Street in London! In an effort to improve road safety, this road has been painted with the UK’s first 3D zebra crossing.
A trick of the eye
Of course, this zebra crossing isn’t actually 3D but rather appears as an optical illusion, to motorists and pedestrians alike.
Following concerns raised by local residents and a local school, Westminster City Council is trialling this innovative zebra crossing for 12 months in order to test whether it slows down vehicles driving through the high street, in order to reduce incidences of road traffic accidents.
Leading the way by joining the crowd
Our corner of London isn’t the first place to give these crossings a go – Iceland, India, China and France have also trialled these. In New Dehli, such a crossing was indeed found to slow vehicles down significantly, giving hope that these futuristic crossings will improve road safety in the UK.
Nevertheless, there is much more to road safety than clear road markings.
Seeing your way to safety
Here at Safarian & Simon, your trusted independent opticians in London, our principal optometrist Sachin Patel is a big fan of the new crossing in our local neighbourhood, believing it to be a great initiative to complement healthy vision while driving. Despite this, the fact remains that however obvious or innovative our road markings are, if your vision isn’t up to scratch, you still won’t be able to spot them as well.
In the UK, all drivers are legally required to meet a minimum standard of vision, which is why when applying for a driver’s licence or renewing an existing licence, you may be required to have an eye test. An eye test is the only way to definitively confirm whether you meet the minimum vision standards set out by UK law, which requires that you:
- Can read a car number plate, made after August 2001, from a distance of 20 metres.
- Have a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5, according to a standardised scale called the Snellen scale, using both eyes when wearing your glasses or contact lenses if needed, or for those with only sight in one eye, in that eye alone.
- Have an adequate field of vision as determined by an optician.
Healthy vision doesn’t just protect yourself from getting into an accident when you’re driving but also protects other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who are on the road too.
So make sure you keep up with your regular eye tests. Click here to book your eye test with trusted and highly experienced optometrist Sachin Patel at Safarian & Simon – one of the top independent opticians in London now, or call us directly on 0207 722 1917.
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