Is it illegal to drive in flip-flops or even barefoot?
In the heat of this wonderful weather we are enjoying, nearly everyone seems to be out and about in shorts and flip-flops and it may be tempting to hop in the car and driving off without changing footwear. We've just had a debate in the office about whether it's illegal to drive in flip-flops or even barefoot. About half of the office thought it was illegal so we did the obvious and "googled" it. What we found out was pretty interesting.
It isn't actually illegal to drive in flip-flops. Nor is it illegal to drive barefoot. However, while there is currently no legislation in place that requires Brits to wear appropriate shoes for driving, the DVSA advises: “Suitable shoes are particularly important behind the wheel. Flip-flops may also be a risky choice as they can sometimes get wedged underneath the pedal or slip off."
You can get behind the wheel of a vehicle barefoot or while wearing flip flops, provided you are able to operate the controls safely. If you do so with wet feet, for example, you might be putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk by not being able to drive the car safely - this is illegal.
However, before you head off on your holidays and think the same rules apply - check! A number of countries already take the issue seriously, with driving in flip flops illegal in Germany, France and Spain among others and subject to on the spot fines. Rather surprisingly in Spain, the law goes further still with any backless shoes, footwear which is open at the front, high heels and driving barefoot banned.