Illigal to drive in Flip flops
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.Posted 8 years agonbtMember
Why is it stupid?
if you have to ask, should you really br driving?
Legally, not it isn;t illegal, apparently
Bloody stupid, yes, but not illegalPosted 8 years ago
Driving in bare feet is illegal in Scotland.
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/whateverPosted 8 years agoMikeT-23Member
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.Posted 8 years ago
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.thomthumbMember
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.Posted 8 years agotandemwarriorsMember
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!Posted 8 years ago
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."Posted 8 years agoToddboyMember
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 😆Posted 8 years ago
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