The DVLA has launched a national eyesight awareness campaign to encourage people to check their vision.

The campaign suggested that in order to check that drivers meet the minimum eyesight standards for driving, they can attempt to read a number plate 20 metres away. The length of five cars or eight parking bays are two ways in which drivers could measure the distance, the campaign stressed.

Dr Wyn Parry, DVLA’s senior doctor, said: ‘Having good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so it’s really important for drivers to have regular eye tests. Eyesight can naturally deteriorate over time so anyone concerned about their eyesight should visit their optician — don’t wait for your next check-up.’