Shoe types motorists should never wear while driving revealed as road users risk fines

Shoe types motorists should never wear while driving revealed as road users risk fines

Shoes are a crucial tool in controlling your vehicle with various bits of footwear considered inappropriate. Driving with summer shoes such as flip flops and sandals during the summer are unlikely to be allowed while wellington boots are also risky. 

In a statement, the RAC said: “While light, flimsy and impractical footwear can be dangerous, so can sturdy, robust shoes, such as walking or snow boots.

“It’s important to have a good base and grip to apply pressure to the pedals, but you need a certain degree of finesse to manipulate the controls.

“If not, you could strike the brake and accelerator together, producing a heart-in-mouth incident.”

Approved footwear includes classic trainers or running shoes, ballet shoes, desert boots and boat shoes. 

However, wellington boots, stiletto heels, wedges, chunky trainers, sandals and knee length boots are all unlikely to be safe to travel in.  

Although there are no laws on what shoes motorists can or cannot wear while behind the wheel, drivers can be fined for breaking simple rules. 

Motorists who struggle to control a car could run the risk of being charged with driving without due care and attention. 

Careless driving charges are usually issued to motorosts if police officers feel your driving ability has been affected through a range of factors.

Being unable to use the pedals in a correct way would be enough to trigger this charge and be issued fines. 

Under extreme circumstances, road users could also be issued with a charge for dangerous driving. 

This could see motorists hit with a massive £5,000 fine, up to nine penalty points and even a temporary driving ban. 

According to the RAC, research shows 40 percent of women admit to driving their vehicles in high heels. 

They say 39 percent of female motorists wear flip flops while driving and 24 percent admit to going barefoot. 

More than a quarter of male drivers have also admitted to wearing flip flops while driving their vehicle with a massive 12 percent also wearing no shoes at all. 

Published at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:16:00 +0000