Did you know that wearing flip-flops or sandals while driving a car can be dangerous for you and other motorists? According to several studies, approximately 1.4 million car accidents occurred when a driver’s sandals blocked them from pressing the brake, gas, or clutch pedals.
While a driver wearing the proper footwear, driving under normal conditions, can react within 0.02 seconds, a driver wearing flip-flops takes twice the amount of time to react. Furthermore, around one in ten of these drivers confess their sandals have become trapped under the pedals on one or more occasions.
The following is a list of inadequate driving footwear aside from flip-flops:
- Sandals with numerous straps
- Stiletto heels
- Wedge heels
- Ankle-high boots
- Knee-high boots
- Running and tennis shoes with thick soles
- Non-grip footwear, such as bowling shoes
- Bare feet
Think and heavy soles make it difficult to feel the pedals and often get stuck. Lose shoes may slip on the pedals or expose your feet to painful abrasions. Boots are too restrictive on ankle movement. Footwear that is knee high can catch your seat.
Unfortunately, there are no driving laws which we know of that prohibit individuals from driving in sandals. While drivers are obligated to operate vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, states (including California) do not list acceptable and unacceptable footwear in their traffic statutes.