As the temperature soars drivers are being warned not to take to their cars barefoot – or wearing flip flops or some sandals.
While not technically against the law, failing to have the correct footwear when you drive breaches Rule 97 of the Highway Code and could be classed as driving without due care and attention.
The RAC has compiled a list of what footwear you should and shouldn’t use when driving – and sandals, flip flops and bare feet do not make the list.
Also unlikely to be deemed safe are large walking boots and high heels, reports The Mirror.
Rule 97 of the highway code states you must have footwear and clothing which “does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”.
If you’re in an accident and the police see you have flip flops on or bare feet, you’re liable for a “driving without due care and attention” charge – which carries a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points on your licence.
If it goes to court that rises to a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points and potentially a driving ban.
Selim Cavanagh, from insurance firm ingenie, said: “[Flip flops] slip off, slide under the pedals, get caught between your feet and the pedals and if your feet are wet, they’ll affect your ability to brake if you need to.
“Driving in flip flops can create a dangerous driving environment, and put you, your passengers, and other road users at risk.”
According to the RAC : “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.”
The RAC produced guidelines on what footwear to drive in.
Your shoes should:
• Have a sole no thicker than 10mm
• The sole should not be too thin or soft
• Provide enough grip to stop your foot slipping off the pedals
• Not be too heavy
• Not limit ankle movement
• Be narrow enough to avoid accidentally depressing two pedals at once