Be Sharp - Road Safety Week 2016

8 November 2016

Road Safety Week 2016

Road Safety Week 2016 runs from 21st to 27th November. It is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake ( and involving thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year.

The theme for Road Safety Week 2016 is: Make the Brake Pledge. The Pledge contains six points, each covering a key thing you can do to protect yourself and the people around you on the roads. The six Brake Pledge points are: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable.

Road Safety Week 2016 - six pledge points

Every action that we take, as a driver or as a passenger, can change the outcome of a journey and the future of a family. By making the Pledge, we can help to make our villages, towns and cities safer places to be.

SPECS network is proud to support Road Safety Week. In particular, we are working to encourage adoption of the "Sharp" Pledge point:

I'll stay focussed on safe driving. I'll take regular breaks and never drive if I'm tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving. I'll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them.


Road Safety Week - Be Sharp

​Why Good Driver Eyesight Matters

  • Road crashes involving a driver with poor vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33 million in the UK per year
  • In 2015, ‘uncorrected, defective eyesight’ was recorded as the main contributory factor in 10 fatalities on the road (1%); 48 serious injuries and 232 road crashes but there could be many more that go undetected
  • In the UK, about three quarters of adults are estimated to make use of corrective eyewear or have had laser eye surgery
  • In 2011, 5,916 drivers had their licence revoked for failing to meet minimum eyesight standards
  • Eyesight can decline gradually and unnoticed, with people losing up to 40% of their visual acuity without being aware of deterioration

John Craven on Driving and Looking After Your Eyesight

Watch our short film with Dan Sanders (Optometrist & Director at Perspective Opticians in Solihull) in conversation about driving and the value of regular eye examinations with TV presenter John Craven.


What Can I Do?

Here are some simple steps suggested by Brake to Stay Sharp and keep safe with your driving:

  1. Have an eye test at least every two years, or sooner if you notice problems.
  2. Consult Your Optician about the safest and most appropriate glasses for driving, including for driving at night.
  3. If you wear glasses or lenses, never drive without them. And keep a spare pair in the car.

Use our finder to locate your nearest SPECS network optician and book an appointment with them.

You can find out more about Road Safety Week (and make the Pledge!) at

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