As the weather improves drivers have been given a friendly reminder that they should make sensible choices in regard to what footwear they are driving in.

However, this law causes motorists a lot of confusion.

It is not illegal to drive in the UK wearing flip flops, sandals or barefoot – but there is a caveat to this.

Drivers are legally allowed to get behind the wheel with this type of footwear providing that they can properly control the vehicle. 

The footwear must not impact the way a car is driven or controlled and if it is deemed to be, then there can be issues.

It will become illegal if you put yourself, passengers or other road users at risk as a result of your reduced control due to your footwear.

The DVSA advises: “Suitable shoes are particularly important behind the wheel.

“We would not recommend driving barefoot because you don’t have the same braking force with bare feet as you do with shoes on.”

This advice applies to all types of footwear as flips flops could be as dangerous as heavy boots.

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