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Wearing certain shoes while driving can lead to drivers being fined

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Drivers could face fines for wearing certain footwear during the heatwave. This is because some shoes can be found to breach the Highway Code.

If the choice of footwear is found to be unsuitable, motorists could face a fine of up to £5,000 or even a driving ban. While laws don’t specifically say which types of shoes can and can’t be worn while driving, wearing flip flops, sliders or even going barefoot could mean you’re in breach of the Highway Code.

This is because according to Rule 97, clothing and footwear should ‘not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’ and should your footwear lead to dangerous driving, you could land yourself with a fine or even a driving ban.

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Experts Driver Hire Training are warning drivers to take care when choosing what to wear during the hot weather. Managing director Richard Owen-Hughes said: “Drivers should make conscious decisions to wear clothing and shoes that aren’t at risk of endangering themselves or those around them. Whilst it may be tempting to be in cooler shoes during the heatwave, we advise drivers to make use of other cooling systems in the vehicle to make the drive more enjoyable and safe.”

Offences such as ‘driving without reasonable consideration for other road users’ and ‘careless driving’ could be breached if you’re found to be driving dangerously, even if it’s your footwear at fault. These offences can land fixed penalty notices or points on your licence. Depending on how severe the incident is, it could even lead to £5,000 fines or even driving bans.

Driver Hire have advised drivers to avoid wearing the following summer footwear to ensure safety:

Flip flops

Despite being a popular choice of summer footwear, wearing flip flops can be dangerous due to their flimsy nature, and risk of getting caught on pedals.

Sliders

Similar to flip flops, and whilst they may be dominating fashion right now, they the ability to slip off as while driving. As they are naturally a lighter shoe than most, they could affect pedal sensitivity and potentially cause drivers to make a mistake.

High heels

The ability to push down on the pedals is limited when wearing higher heels, and can alter the weight applied. Heels, especially stilettos, can also easily slip off the pedals and aren’t practical for driving.

Top tips for keeping vehicles cool during a heatwave:

Keep the vehicle in shade

Try storing your vehicle in shade, under cover or in a garage to keep the direct sunlight from heating up the interior. You can also consider using sun shades which run across the windscreen or windows to reflect heat away.

Air conditioning

Air conditioning can be used to make sure you remain cool, but also alert when driving. This is ideal when driving on motorways or at increased speeds.

Windows down

When driving at slower speeds, make use of the breeze by putting your window slightly ajar. As warm air rises this can help the hotter air escape.

Bring water

Bring water – most importantly for you, so you can stay hydrated, but also for your vehicle. If it were to overheat, you would be able to top up the cooling system.

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