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  • How driving in flip-flops could land you a fine

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    Driving in flip-flops can land you in trouble...

    FLIP flops are becoming part of Brits’ daily wardrobe as temperatures continue to soar. But those who choose to drive in their summery shoes could find themselves in hot water if they are involved in an accident

    While driving in flip-flops isn't illegal in itself, wearing them could lead to a careless driving charge if they impede your ability to drive safely.

    Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers are advised they must have “footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”.

    Flip flops could slip off, become wedged under pedals and prevent you from pressing the pedals with enough force to brake quickly, which could cause you to drive erratically or even lead to a collision.

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    If you are stopped by police while driving in a potentially dangerous manner or your footwear is a reason for an accident, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention (careless driving).

    In the most serious cases, careless driving can attract a hefty £5,000 fine, up to nine penalty points and even a court-imposed driving ban.

    A recent study by insurance brand, ingenie, found that a whopping 27 per cent of drivers could be risking this penalty as they ditch their shoes in favour of flip flops while driving.

    Despite the large number of Brits taking the risk, around one in three actually thought it was illegal to drive in loose fitting footwear.

    RAC's guidelines for suitable driving footwear

    According to the RAC there are some guidelines for what footwear is suitable when driving:

    • Have a sole no thicker than 10mm, but 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.

    Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, told Sun Motors: “Before setting off. You should ensure that clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.

    “If flip flops stopped you being in control you could be prosecuted, as you are breaking Highway Code Rule 97.

    “Careless driving is mostly judged on the impact your driving has on others around you, so if you are spotted swerving or braking erratically and then stopped and found to have inadequate footwear, you could be prosecuted.

    “If you do cause a crash, then it could also be an aggravating factor against you in court and lead to a slightly higher fine or longer ban.”

    Selim Cavanagh, Chief Executive at ingenie said: “It’s promising that almost a third of drivers assume driving in flip flops is illegal, because it’s really dangerous.

    “They 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.

    “Aside from the actual rules though, driving in flip flops can create a dangerous driving environment, and put you, your passengers, and other road users at risk.

    “So, if you’re heading to the beach this weekend, make sure you’ve packed some sensible driving shoes to get you there and back safely, as well as your flip flops to wear while you’re there.”

    GOOD POINTS:
    • Airy feeling when driving, comfortable
    BAD POINTS:
    • Can be dangerous if grip is compromised


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