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Old 28-12-2005, 19:08
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I want to apply for a driving license, so I need to be able to read a number plate that is 20m away (65 feet for you oldies). I'm almost positive I can do that, so I don't want to shell out 20 for an unecessary eye test. Is there a quick and easy way to test myself? Bearing in mind that I don't have a 20m-stick-ruler or measuring tape, is there any ordinary 20m long object or marking that is available on the roads?
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:10
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20m is about 20 large adult steps
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:10
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You answered your own question, pace out 65 ft silly.
Eye tests are free at many opticians.
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:12
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walk 65 times with your feet one in front of the other , add a few for inaccuaracy and you should be somewhere near , mind you if your feet are 6" long then you would need to go twice as far, good grief what am i doing answering this
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:12
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Originally Posted by Jargonizer
You answered your own question, pace out 65 ft silly.
Eye tests are free at many opticians.
i went to about 10 opticians today and they all had eye tests costing from around 16 to 23. Even on the NHS they're not free (unless you're under 19 or over 60, which I'm not)
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:13
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Originally Posted by cifpower
20m is about 20 large adult steps
spot on
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:15
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Originally Posted by paulyoung666
walk 65 times with your feet one in front of the other , add a few for inaccuaracy and you should be somewhere near , mind you if your feet are 6" long then you would need to go twice as far, good grief what am i doing answering this
Don't drink before you start ,as you can bet your life you will forget how many steps you have taken and then you will have to start again and again and again ad infinitum
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:17
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Originally Posted by elpaw
i went to about 10 opticians today and they all had eye tests costing from around 16 to 23. Even on the NHS they're not free (unless you're under 19 or over 60, which I'm not)
If you tell them there is a history of glaucoma in your family it's free.
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:45
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A link to a web page that converts metric to imperial or vice versa, as you might understand feet better

http://convert.french-property.co.uk/
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Old 28-12-2005, 19:56
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20m = 2000 cm
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:15
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What about going to your local swimming pool (usually 25 metres), standing at one end and reading the clock (usually large Speedo) from the other. That's more than enough distance. On my second driving test I was unable to read the number plate when asked by the examiner because I'd lost one of my contact lenses. In the end he had to go back up to the office and bring out a very long tape-measure 20 metres really is no distance at all.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:24
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A Blue Whale(on average) is 25M long, perhaps the OP could fasten a car number plate to a Blue Whale's tail and then wander back to the whales head,if they can read the number plate from there ... jobs a good un. This is probably best acomplished on land , perhaps a beached whale?
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:26
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Originally Posted by Jargonizer
You answered your own question, pace out 65 ft silly.
Eye tests are free at many opticians.

lmao..!
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:26
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Originally Posted by Jargonizer
If you tell them there is a history of glaucoma in your family it's free.
And they don't want proof?

What sort of operation are these people running?

'Free eye tests for everybody are us'?

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Old 28-12-2005, 20:29
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Pick up a copy of the Tesco in-store mag at the checkout - D&A are doing free eye tests in January and discounts on glasses!
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:30
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If the OP works in a job that requires habitual VDU usage. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 require employers to provide, upon request, an appropriate eye and eyesight test.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:35
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If the OP works in a job that requires habitual VDU usage. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 require employers to provide, upon request, an appropriate eye and eyesight test.

I tried that with my boss, he gave me a load of old b*llsh*t
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:39
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Originally Posted by elpaw
I want to apply for a driving license, so I need to be able to read a number plate that is 20m away (65 feet for you oldies). I'm almost positive I can do that, so I don't want to shell out 20 for an unecessary eye test. Is there a quick and easy way to test myself? Bearing in mind that I don't have a 20m-stick-ruler or measuring tape, is there any ordinary 20m long object or marking that is available on the roads?

That's about the size of the queue in post office on tuesday's.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:40
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Originally Posted by Hancock
I tried that with my boss, he gave me a load of old b*llsh*t
How often do you use a VDU ?

The HSE take the use of and positioning of computers quite seriously, after a recent inspection I had to make adjustments to the workstation positioning of over 20 users.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:48
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I use it with all transactions on the counter and phone calls. (motor spares, looking up parts)
I did think putting up a Health & Safety poster about VDU issues, I might get in touch with them and asked them send a info pack to my boss
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:52
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Originally Posted by Hancock
I use it with all transactions on the counter and phone calls. (motor spares, looking up parts)
I did think putting up a Health & Safety poster about VDU issues, I might get in touch with them and asked them send a info pack to my boss
Our inspection came about because one of the patients at one of the surgery's I manage the IT for, decided the reception desks looked iffy so they reported it to the HSE. They came out and did a full site inspection.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:54
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20m = 20 miles. Good luck.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:56
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Originally Posted by Misanthrope
Our inspection came about because one of the patients at one of the surgery's I manage the IT for, decided the reception desks looked iffy so they reported it to the HSE. They came out and did a full site inspection.

If Health and Safety came to all our 4 branches, they would all be closed down.
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Old 28-12-2005, 20:59
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Heh, In a previous job I had reason to hand deliver a compliance statement to the HSE offices on Quay Street in Manchester...There were boxes all over the office floors, It was a death trap.
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Old 28-12-2005, 21:01
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It's about 19.5 metres.
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