Illigal to drive in Flip flops

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  • Premier Icon beinbhan
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    Anyone know the law wife thinks its illegal I just think it pretty stupid but not illegal. She also thinks driving in bare feet is illegal as well

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Why is it stupid?

    mrmo
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    i don't think it is specifically illegal, but i think if the police pull you over you could be deemed to not being in full control of the car. Also know someone who managed to get a flip flop jammed under the accelarator, luckily it was on a Motorway and they had enough time to get it unstuck, in an urban situation they may not have been so lucky.

    nbt
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    Why is it stupid?

    if you have to ask, should you really br driving?

    Legally, not it isn;t illegal, apparently

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/advice-old/motoring/judge-tread/2007/07/22/ok-to-bare-your-soles-115875-19494041/

    Bloody stupid, yes, but not illegal

    Driving in bare feet is illegal in Scotland.

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/9784/Shoes+driving+us+to+distraction

    Although it might not be specificly illegal in England & Wales, I reckon you could probably get done for it – not driving in a safe manner/whatever

    i find driving in bare feet better than a lot of shoes to be honest. Flip flops a big no no though.

    CountZero
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    The problem is they're not secure on your feet, they can get caught in the pedals causing loss of control, and bare feet stop you from applying full pressure to the pedals.

    MikeT-23
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    On the rare occasions that I have an excuse to wear flip-flops I find it tricky, and thereby very annoying, to drive a car in them, so try to avoid it. Even riding a bike in them's a bit of a bugger, as is running.
    If I forget to change into more sensible shoes then I just drive barefoot, which isn't so bad.

    From experience, I can see why the lack of 'bond' betwixt foot and flip-flop can lead to reduced control over pedals, causing concern for safe driving practices, but 'illegal'? Never heard of that before.
    Also, given my good fortune in being able to visit hotter climates in my lifetime, where many more people wear such footwear and drive daily, surely they manage without legislative intervention as I've never heard of it being outlawed elsewhere.

    Flaperon
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    I used to drive everywhere in America in bare feet, flip-flops were uncomfortable and I promise you that it's still possible to stamp on the brake if needed.

    jonb
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    What about spd shoes?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Lots of women drive bare footed as they may have been wearing high heels, claiming it stops you apply full pressure pedals is daft no reason why it should.

    thomthumb
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    law does not mention 'flip flops'

    i think it's phrased as 'appropriate footwear' i assume that it's up for a copper to make an interpretation on this and a judge to make a decision.

    driving barefoot gives me a weird pain – so i've stopped. spd shoes ok to drive in.

    Top Dog
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    flipflops and spds ok for me

    CaptJon
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    My driving instructor suggested i drive without shoes because i couldn't feel the bite point of the clutch.

    claiming it stops you apply full pressure pedals is daft no reason why it should.

    Unless you pick up a sharp object (small stone, piece of glass, thorn etc) onto the sole of your foot. No such risk if you're wearing shoes.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Unless you pick up a sharp object (small stone, piece of glass, thorn etc) onto the sole of your foot.

    Where would you get that from?

    paulosoxo
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    Where would you get that from?

    You haven't seen the footwell of my van, have you?

    allthepies
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    >Unless you pick up a sharp object (small stone, piece of glass, thorn etc) onto the sole of your foot. No such risk if you're wearing shoes.

    Never had a stone, piece of glass, thorn etc get into your shoes ?

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Well if it is I'm an outlaw. You can flame me all you like, but they don't fall off my feet, and I don't really see the problem.

    Never had a stone, piece of glass, thorn etc get into your shoes ?

    No, not whilst driving. Have you ?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Never had a stone, piece of glass, thorn etc get stuck on my foot when I've taken my shoes off in the car.

    Never crashed your car either I take it – as a result of not having any shoes on ?

    Excellent. And I have never had a crash during all the countless times I've driven without a seatbelt.

    The law is bollox ain't it ?

    Spongebob
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    I keep a pair of clogs in my car for such eventualities. If i get caught out in a blizzard, i can then use them for firewood.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    And I have never had a crash during all the countless times I've driven without a seatbelt.

    Wow. I'm amazed you've managed that despite how seatbelts prevent you having crashes.

    i assume that it's up for a copper to make an interpretation on this and a judge to make a decision.

    That's how I would assume they would apply the law.

    I believe that theory is that seatbelts are effective in the event of a crash aracer. Since I have never had a crash in which a seatbelt would be useful, I have come to the conclusion that the seatbelt law is both pointless and complete bollox.

    soobalias
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    I can say for certain it is not Illigal.

    and since when was the law quoted from the mirror or the express?

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Ah, but do you know of people who seatbelts have saved, or are you aware of such people existing?

    Have you ever heard of anybody having a crash because they weren't wearing shoes?

    soobalias
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    however i would always wear shoes to drive paulosoxo's van.

    Spongebob
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    Maybe ernie should cut off his seatbelts and make them into a small bag for automotive oddments

    A family friend embarrasingly ran into the back of my mother in law. He was driving in flip-flops & it got trapped under the gas pedal & he couldn't brake. Fortunately only 15mph in traffic, but his Imprezza needed a whole new front end. Mums Yaris had barley a scratch!

    Premier Icon Del
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    claiming it stops you apply full pressure pedals is daft no reason why it should.

    try it.

    An excellent idea Spongebob 8)

    I am btw the proud owner of a car which due to it's age, has no legal requirement to be fitted with seatbelts.

    ….it frightens the **** out of me driving it on motorways though 😯

    I've driven in ski boots. That's quite unnerving and I don't think I'll be rushing to do it again.

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    Drive in bare feet and also flipflops a lot in Oz. Can't see any problem. Maybe we're more used to it here.

    Zone
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    Where do we stand on sandals ?

    😉

    Premier Icon Drac
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    try it.

    Done loads of times and never hurt a single bit.

    Drive in bare feet and also flipflops a lot in Oz. …….. Maybe we're more used to it here.

    And yet it would appear that you may not be legally insured if you wear thongs (flip flops) whilst driving in Australia. According to the Darren Davis School of Motoring in Australia :

    "You must not wear shoes that are loose around the heel part of your foot. It could get stuck under your foot or pedal. There is also an insurance issue. If you have an accident and the Police spot that your footwear is not appropriate, your insurance could be voided."

    http://www.bestdrivers.com.au/html/faqsl.htm

    Toddboy
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    Same as epicyclo. Drive around lots in barefeet and flip flops (thongs over here). I have never had a problem with it. Majority of people here do it. Might be a little different down in Victoria or Tassie where it's cooler.

    Anyway, the British summer is never long enough or hot enough for flip flops 😆

    Premier Icon specializedneeds
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    Since when has lots of people doing something been a mature or intelligent justification for joining them 🙄

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