What type of shoes should I wear to drive in?

Schools are back next week, but that doesn’t mean summer is over.  Quite often September can be hot and sunny, so many of us will be tempted to still wear our summer clothes and sandals before having to don our winter boots.  However when driving, people should be sensible with their footwear.  Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, it states that the driver should wear ”footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”.  Flip flops, sandals or heels may not provide you with the same amount of grip as other types of shoes.  They could either slide off the pedal, become wedged under, or fail to provide you with the correct amount of force. I would suggest pumps, with a good grip on their sole are the best type of shoes to wear.

The RAC has produced some basic guidelines for drivers to follow when selecting footwear to drive in:

  • You should have a sole no thicker than 10mm…
  • … but the sole should not be too thin or soft.
  • It should provide enough grip to stop your foot slipping off the pedals.
  • It should not be too heavy.
  • It should also not limit ankle movement.
  • In addition to this, it needs to be narrow enough to avoid accidentally depressing two pedals at once.

I recently went to see the Dior exhibition in London and took a photo of these fabulous shoes.  (Image attached) Definitely not to be worn whilst driving, so make sure you have a pair of sensible driving shoes with you if on a night out or going to the beach.  Once you are safely parked, you then put on your high heels or sandals.