A recent study by a car insurance company revealed 1/3 of motorists wear flip flops whilst driving
A recent study that was commissioned by a car insurance company revealed that 1/3 of motorists wear this rather unsupportive shoe whilst they are driving, which made flip flops top the poll of the top five summer footwear that people in Britain struggle to drive in.
Around 51% of drivers that took part in the survey admitted that they struggle to drive if they are wearing flip flops, whilst 49% said that they found it especially difficult to drive in bare feet. Driving in bare feet is not actually illegal, though it means that if you are not in proper control of your motor vehicle, then you should still be looking at police action.
Coming third, 38% of people who responded to the survey said that they had had difficulty using the pedals if they were wearing wedge heels, whilst 1/4 said that espadrilles, or other such canvas shoes, also caused problems with their control of a vehicle.
Rounding off the top five worst types of footwear to wear whilst driving were sandals, with 18% of people admitting that the show had caused them some difficulty when they were trying to control a car.
According to the study, flip flops impair the movement between the accelerator and brake pedal by 0.1 seconds, although this sounds like a really small fraction of time, that tiny delay could actually be enough to cause a crash. Also flip flops can reduce the braking force of the average driver by 3%, in comparison to sturdier and safer shoes, that is the same as travelling for an extra 4m at 60 miles per hour, or around the length of another car. It is easy to see from this information just how footwear can have an impact on safety.
In Despite of this, 20% of drivers have never actually thought about the fact that their footwear may affect their driving ability. One in five people who were asked, carried on wearing shoes that they had had a near miss in, whilst 24% admitted that they had actually for their shoe stuck under a pedal before now.
Women appear to be more safety conscious when it comes to their driving shoes
Women appear to be more conscious of safety when it comes to the choice of their shoes, with 36% saying that they carry a spare pair of driving shows, in comparison to just 12% of men who claim they do the same.