High heels could charge you a big fine if you opt for dress shoes while sitting behind the wheel.
Drivers may think they dress perfectly for the ride to work, but they could get into trouble with the police if it results in an accident.
Under rule 97 of the highway code, motorists are advised to wear “shoes and clothing which do not prevent you from using the controls correctly”.
While it is not illegal to drive in high heels, wearing them could lead to you being charged with reckless driving if they affect your ability to drive safely.
It’s similar to a ban on wearing flip flops while driving which can be just as costly if you get caught.
They are just as dangerous as heels because they come off extremely easily and can get caught under a pedal.
Why shouldn’t I be driving in heels?
It can often be difficult to judge how much pressure is needed to use the brake and accelerator when riding in high heels.
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If you get it wrong, it could lead to a fatal accident, and this is where you will be in trouble.
Olliers Automotive Law reveals how high heels elevate the foot abnormally, which could cause you to lose all of your focus and control over your driver.
In some cases, they could even get stuck on the carpet or under the pedals and could prevent you from using the brakes in time.
How much could I be fined?
The charge is punishable by an on-the-spot fine of Â£ 100 and three penalty points on your license if caught by the police.
And in more serious cases, or those that are challenged in court, the charge can result in a fine of up to Â£ 5,000, up to nine penalty points and even a court-imposed driving ban.
Rebecca Ashton, Policy and Research Manager at IAM RoadSmart, previously said: âBefore you go you need to make sure your shoes are fit and don’t prevent you from using the controls properly.
âThe problem with high heels is with the position of your foot, it’s hard to gauge how much pressure you need to apply and you get little support – and your heel can get stuck on the mat / floor mat, which could prevent you from reacting quickly.
âEven worse, wedge heels and wedge soles add a really chunky sole to the mix. Get used to leaving a comfortable pair of flat shoes in the car, which may solve the problem.
“Remember for anyone like me who loves their shoes, you also damage the backs of your heels on the carpet when you drive with them.”
RAC Guidelines for Appropriate Riding Footwear
According to the RAC, there are guidelines on footwear suitable for riding:
- Do not have a sole more than 10mm thick, but the sole should not be too thin or soft.
- Provide enough grip to keep your foot from slipping off the pedals.
- Don’t be too heavy.
- Does not restrict ankle movement.
- Be narrow enough to avoid accidentally pressing two pedals at once