Don’t Flip Flop And Drive In Hot Weather

Thu 25th Jun 2020

Drivers across the UK are being warned that the temptation to jump in your car wearing flip flops during the hot weather could spell danger.

Though it is technically not illegal to wear flip flops while driving, under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers should wear ‘footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’, which essentially means if you have a bump or worse while driving in flip flops you could be liable and face a fine of up to £5,000.

A study last year by insurance brand ingenie that more than a quarter of drivers were happy to wear flip flops behind the wheel of their car, this despite the same study revealing that more than a third thought it was illegal to drive in loose fitting footwear.

The RAC have issued their own guidelines on suitable footwear suggesting the following rules:

 

  • 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.

  • Footwear should not be too heavy.

  • Should not limit ankle movement.

  • Be narrow enough to avoid accidentally depressing two pedals at once.
     

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."