Can you drive while wearing flip flops?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 5:27 pm
Close up right foot with flip flop shoe step on the accelerator in the modern car

Is it dangerous to drive without wearing shoes?

As the old adage goes, “It’s only illegal if you get caught.” While this isn’t the best way to operate when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle, there are some things that are thought of as illegal but are in reality only ill-advised. As the weather heats up, it is likely that you’ve been considering driving while wearing flip-flops or sans shoes, but you probably reconsidered, since most people think that driving with flip flops on, or without shoes, is illegal.

While there are valid reasons as to why you shouldn’t drive without shoes or while wearing flip flops, there is no legal precedent stopping you from doing so, unless you’re on a motorcycle in Alabama. In all fifty states, you’re legally able to drive with your feet in any state of undress.

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Smiling woman driving a car with the roof downDangers of driving while wearing flip-flops

Though you won’t get in trouble for driving without shoes, should you cause an accident while shoeless or while wearing flip-flops, you may pick up a ticket for negligence if the authorities decide that your choice of footwear was a contributing factor to the accident. In many cases, you might be safer driving without shoes, rather than wearing flip-flops. When you’re wearing flip-flops, it can take longer for you to move your foot from the gas to the brake. There is also the possibility that your shoe will get caught under the pedal.

When faced with the question of driving with or without shoes, it is always a better idea to wear your shoes. While barefoot driving is slightly safer than driving with flip flops, you could encounter problems if your vehicle is in an accident, leaving your feet unprotected. Even though you aren’t doing something illegal, it is smart to wear shoes while driving. Learn more about the best methods of driving when you take a look at the tips and tricks section on the OkCarz blog.

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