As the weather gets warmer us Brits get out our flip flops.
But those of us who choose to drive in their summer shoes could find themselves in trouble if they're involved in an incident.
Driving in flip flops is not illegal but wearing them could lead to a careless driving charge if they impact your ability to drive safely.
Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers are advised they must have "footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner".
Flip flops could slip off your foot, become wedged under pedals or prevent you from pressing the pedals with enough force to brake quickly, which could cause you to drive erratically or even lead to a crash.
If you get stopped by police while driving in a dangerous manner or your footwear is a reason for an accident, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention (careless driving).
The careless driving fine carries a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points on your licence.
If a more serious case, or it gets contested in court, the charge can attract a maximum £5,000 fine, up to nine penalty points and even a court-imposed driving ban.
A study by insurance brand ingenie previously found a huge 27 per cent of motorists could be risking this penalty as they wear flip flops behind the wheel.
According to the RAC there are some guidelines for what footwear is suitable when driving:
- Have a sole no thicker than 10mm, but the sole should not be too thin or soft.
- Provide enough grip to stop your foot slipping off the pedals.
- Not be too heavy.
- Not limit ankle movement.
- Be narrow enough to avoid accidentally depressing two pedals at once.
Seb Goldin, CEO Business Driver, said: “you should ensure that your footwear & clothing don't cause you issues using the controls in the correct manner.
“If flip flops stopped you being in control you could be prosecuted, as you are breaking Highway Code Rule 97.
"If you do cause a crash, then it could also be an aggravating factor against you in court and lead to a slightly higher fine or longer ban.”
Make sure you wear the correct footwear to drive this summer.