Illigal to drive in Flip flops
Since when has criticising been immature? I was actually questioning your justification – which is plain for everyone to see.
Unfortunately, it's not just you that you are making descisions for though is it? What about the other potential victims of your actions?
Anyway, the wife (an aussie) says it is illegal in Oz and lets face it, wives know everything!
Edit: she still does it thoughPosted 8 years ago
I actually heard that a lot of car crashes over here are caused from Huntsman spiders. Apparently they like to hide in narrow places like the gap between the sun visor and roof. Then the driver lowers the visor, the spider falls out, and scares the hell out of the drivers! Anyway, thongs or flip flops make excellent spider killers 😈Posted 8 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I believe it is illegal to drive barefoot in the UK, but I doubt you'd get done for it. I used to have a Fiat Panda, which had very light actioned pedals, and for long journeys I normally took my shoes off because it meant I could relax my feet rather than 'holding them back' off the pedals all the time. Once you get used to it, it's fine. These days in the summer I live in flip flops and sandals and it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. I used to drive vans and landroves a lot in boots and wellies too, which takes some getting used to at first. The worst thing I have driven in was my Spesh BG Sport SPD shoes. The hard sole with the big gaps in it gets caught on the pedals. Only done it once, never again…..Posted 8 years agoMargeMember
After a long ride I am very happy to pop my shoes off & drive home with some air round my feet.
I used to drive cars competitively and the ultra thin shoes worn for that are really nothing more than 5 mm of soft rubber & a fireproof fabric. If the boys in F1 / WRC can manage to control their cars with this completely unsupportive footwear I think I'll be just fine in bare feet.
Flip flops on the other hand (or my Birkenstocks) do feel a little scary underfoot. Personally not something I'd think was a good idea but maybe other people feel more secure in their flip flops…
I tried driving my car in my moto-x boots once (just briefly) and it is not to be recommended…. Similar issues to the ski boot experiences I imaginePosted 8 years ago
It is illegal to drive in barefeet. This was discussed on Pistonheads and its if a stone gets inbetween the pedal and the ball of your foot you will struggle to execute an emergency stop.
Now, if I'm faced with hitting someone at any speed- NO stone no matter how big is going to stop me stamping hard on that pedal. Its not as though you are walking barefoot in a small pool is it. If you were being chased by a bear you'd fuggin run Olympic-style through the same pond. Anyway. barefoot offers more feel/control for me…but if theres ever an accident you've got to understand that the Emergency services or other may point towards a lack of control on your part (and call you a lier) I bet.Posted 8 years ago
Its not 'illegal'. The law only states appropriate footwear/control?
I'm saying at the scene of an accident the prosecution could imply that maybe theres a doubt that you werent in total control of the vehicle.
Its a very grey area. I want to know the definitive answer as I cant drive in 99% of shoes (only comfortable in Goodyear Puma's or similar.Posted 8 years ago
clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct mannerPosted 8 years ago
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. Totally depends on the car
Totally depends on the car and it's level of servo assistance. I have driven bare footed loads of times, despite not being supposed to, but I fairly regularly walk around on rocks bare-footed at the beach and my daily driver has over-servo'd brakes so it's not a problem to emergency stop for me. In my other car where the brakes are significantly less assisted, or in older cars where there is no assistance, a girly girl driving bare footed trying to get the car to stop would undoubtedly squeal with the pain of stamping on a 1" wide metal pedal in delicate bare feet.
As for flip flops – they're not exactly secure, but they do seem to stick to some peoples feet fairly well. I was never someone who got on with them, they always fall off and rattle around, it'd be stupid for me to drive in them.Posted 8 years ago
The Highway Code is just that, a code of conduct. It is not the law. It advises good practice.
The law is the Road Traffic Act, hence why in hora's link those parts of the highway code which refer to the law have the appropriate sections of the RTA referenced.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the self righteous will conform to 'rules' and 'laws' they clearly have no understanding of.Posted 8 years ago
Why are professional racing shoes thin-soled with no heel?
Because race car pedals are usually wide and flat (unlike a lot of cars, particularly older ones) and heel-less to allow heel-toe action smoothly. Good question though, from the few rally training sessions I've done that using the brakes to their full potential even with trainers on can leave you with bruised feet!Posted 8 years ago
JacksonPollock – not conforming to the code of conduct shows disregard for safety and as such could be considered driving below the standard expected…even if there is no RTA regulation covering the specific item so you need to be careful. If the police think it's dangerous you'll be had for /something/. It is expected that you follow the HWC.Posted 8 years ago
JacksonPollock I'm struggling to find relevant and pertinent links. Its a grey area and open to dispute IMO.
Raceshoes are designed for feel. Heel pivot without a heel to complicate the arc amongst other reasons. Its pertinent for road use IMO regardless of speed. You wouldnt drive with woolly gloves on would you- it offers you feel/feedback. All IMO.
The only true arguments I can see for wearing shoes in a roadcar are Grip (but then the soles of your shes may be wet) and crash intrusion. Your shoes offer you *slightly* more protection to your feet. Although its doubtful really how much.Posted 8 years agoDracSubscriber
a girly girl driving bare footed trying to get the car to stop would undoubtedly squeal with the pain of stamping on a 1" wide metal pedal in delicate bare feet.
Why your point is fairly valid for such cars women tend to have tougher feet because of the silly shoes they wear. Generally a vast majority of cars aren't going to cause the problem you suggested we can of course spend ages looking for exceptions like "oooh you might get a splinter or a wasp might land on the pedals."Posted 8 years ago
If the police think it's dangerous you'll be had for /something/.
Given the way the law works in this country they'd have to prove it was dangerous, rather than it just being their opinion though. If you break a specific law it's all rather more straightforward.
You wouldnt drive with woolly gloves on would you
Probably not wooly ones as they're too slippery – I've certainly driven with gloves (winter cycling or skiing ones) though. It's not like you need to be able to feel the texture of the steering wheel!Posted 8 years ago
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