As temperatures soar around the country, drivers may be tempted to wear sandals or flip flops when out and about.
While it is not against the law, failing to have the correct footwear could get you a huge fine if you are involved in an accident.
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 are in an accident and the police see you have flip flops or sandals on or are driving barefoot, you are liable for a “driving without due care and attention” charge, MyLondon reports.
This 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.
According to the Driving Standards Agency, “suitable shoes are particularly important behind the wheel. We would not recommend driving barefoot because you don’t have the same braking force with bare feet as you do with shoes on.”
Selim Cavanagh, from insurance firm ingenie, told The Mirror: “[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.”
“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.”
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