Visual Health and Road Safety: It's time for action!
Vision is the main source of information on the road: some studies state that up to 90% of the information acquired during driving has a visual nature. Good vision allows drivers to accurately perform driving-related tasks and to make safe decisions. However, according to the World Report on Vision published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019, at least 2.2 billion people around the world have substantial vision impairments that can lead to road traffic accidents.
In this article, the Spanish Foundation for Road Safety (FESVIAL) and the University of Valencia present key facts from empirical studies on vision and road safety and based on this evidence, highlight an extensive list of actions they have rolled out, aimed at promoting an unprecedented positive change in Spain, in terms of vision and driving. Finally, they propose a list of recommendations to promote visual health among drivers, as it is a critical need for road safety worldwide.