Drivers could be slapped with £5,000 fines for wearing certain clothes during heatwaves

Drivers could be slapped with £5,000 fines for wearing certain clothes during heatwaves

Britain got to bask in glorious sunshine this week with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees in some places. And, while this might be the perfect time to drive down to the beach, drivers have been warned about a specific type of clothing that they should be carefully wearing while operating a vehicle.

When embarking on an adventure during summer heatwaves, many motorists choose to wear comfortable clothing.

This might include flowy trousers, baggy jeans, or summer dresses.

However, motoring experts have now warned that drivers should not put comfort over safety.

This will not only guarantee reaching the getaway destination safely but could also prevent drivers from being slapped with a £5,000 fine.

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Other items that drivers should avoid wearing while driving include flip-flops, high heels, slippers, and sunglasses with too dark lenses or chunky frames.

While sunglasses are an essential eye protection accessory, some styles can restrict vision while driving.

For instance, some lenses might be tinted too dark and restrict daylight vision on the road.

Additionally, bulky frames can cause a blind spot, so drivers have been advised to test them out first or stick to using just the built-in car sun visors.

When it comes to acceptable shoes the rules are also quite specific.

Shoes with a sole that’s less than 10mm thick are considered “unsafe” to drive in.

Motorists have, therefore, been advised to use driving shoes and change to flip-flops on the beach.

High-heels are also not the most practical shoes when it comes to driving.

Around 40 percent of women admitted to driving in high heels.

However, high heels are not practical for pushing down the pedals as the heel can get wedged underneath preventing drivers from pushing it all the way down which is vital when breaking in an emergency.

Richard Owen-Hughes, Marketing Director at Driver Hire Training, said: “Drivers should make conscious decisions to wear clothing and shoes that aren’t at risk of endangering themselves or those around them.

“Whilst it may be tempting to be in cooler shoes during the heatwave, we advise drivers to make use of other cooling systems in the vehicle to make the drive more enjoyable and safe.”

Published at Sat, 18 Jun 2022 08:21:00 +0000