Wearing the wrong shoes when driving could land you a hefty fine of up to £5,000!
Drivers are being warned about how important it is to wear the correct footwear when behind the wheel, as not doing so could land you a huge fine and penalty points.
Whilst it’s not a legal requirement to wear a certain kind of shoe when driving, you could still be punished if you was involved in an accident and the police officer who attended the incident deemed you was driving dangerously.
You could be charged for ‘driving without due care and attention’ or ‘careless driving’ and issued with a fine of up to £5,000 and up to nine penalty points on your driving licence or you could be given a driving ban.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that a driver should wear “footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”.
Wearing sandals, high heels or flip flops when driving could be dangerous, as they could slide off the pedal, get wedged underneath or not provide you with enough grip or force needed to push on the pedals.
According to a recent survey, almost one third of drivers thought that driving with flip flops on was illegal because doing so is dangerous.
However, despite these findings, many drivers turn to summer footwear without ever considering whether they’re okay to drive in them or not and this could be dangerous for themselves, their passengers and other road users.
The best advice for drivers this coming summer, is to wear sensible shoes for driving to and from your destination, taking your flip flops, high heels or sandals with you to change into.
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