We are pleased that the DGT start being sensitive to issues of vision and leadership. It has long been demanding the setting of signs, size and format for better viewing. Both optometrists and ophthalmologists have worked together to achieve an improvement in this regard. I recommend reading a recent article about a report by the DGT in which echoes this need, understanding that much of the traffic accidents are related to poor vision:
The night is the period of the day with less traffic and fewer fatal accidents, while having an accident at night and especially on the road, increases the likelihood of being killed because of accidents hundred die 6.3 overnight against people who die of the 4.3 days.
One of the main conclusions from the report Driving and night vision, developed by the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE) and the founding of the company Optical Alain Afflelou presented Tuesday in Madrid, on the risks associated with night driving .
Only half of the drivers go to the eye doctor to check your eyes once a year according to data from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) and contributed to the report for 2010, during the night, from 20.00 to 7.00 am, there were 25,245 accidents compared to the 60,000 who registered the rest of the day. Although the number of claims has more than doubled in hours of day or night, the severity index rises at night. While the day is 2.5 deaths per hundred accidents at night comes to 3.8 deaths.
The chances of being killed rise further if the accident occurs, plus at night on a highway, 6.3 people die in a hundred accidents between eight in the evening and seven o'clock in the morning, two more than in the same accident in daytime.
Results that show that "the night is a risk to driving," the coordinator of the RACE Driver Education and director of the study, Jose Antonio Sanchez-Trillo, who noted that, with the change from winter,-the Sunday were delayed clocks to match daylight hours-the overnight deaths account for 52% versus 33% in the summer time.
Among all risk factors associated with night driving, the most important are the natural loss of visual acuity at night or the appearance of eye problems such as nearsightedness night or difficulty of distinguishing a figure on a background. In fact, on the road and at night, there is 72% of the assaults on pedestrians and 83% of the abuses to animals.
In these situations recognize risk, according to the study, being 10% of drivers surveyed, which would mean more than 2.5 million current census.
Increase the font size of the signals
One of the measures proposed by the DGT is to increase the size of the letters of traffic signs, which does not involve increased physical size. Also proposing to change the font of the same with one that is more easily read. "In the same circular plate has a hole to larger numbers" have detailed.
If you do not see clearly, avoid driving and check your view, however, the report also highlights the perceived risk drivers get behind the wheel at night. At 73% it is not safe to drive at these hours and 32% of people diagnosed with a vision problem manifests have serious visual difficulties, especially for night driving. The sensitivity to glare from other vehicles and blurred vision are common symptoms.
Regarding the visual health of drivers, 56% have been diagnosed with a vision problem, mainly myopia (56%), followed by astigmatism (48%) and presbyopia (33%), while that only half of the drivers go to the eye doctor to check your eyes once a year.
And while 13% of drivers with vision problems has been intervened to correct this, the study warns that refractive surgery presents some loss of vision during night driving. In all, the deputy director of the DGT, Federico Fernández, has launched an advice to all drivers: "If you do not see clearly, avoid driving and check your sight."
We also recommend the items that are on our website puiblicados AOA on yconducción vision:
Link to AOA on vision and driving
Fuente: 20 Minutos