OT: Driving and footwear

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BentMikey, 24 Aug 2007.

  1. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Here's an off-topic question - are you required to wear footwear when driving a car in the UK? Family discussion innit. I can see how riding a motorcycle barefoot might not be very sensible, but a car?
  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Don't know about the legal requirement about being clothed correctly, but in warm weather I drive barefoot on long journeys.
    My big toe works very well independently of the right foot on the accelerator. :biggrin:
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    I get/got told by my gran that it is illegal but she isn't an officer of the law and has been known to tell white lies.

    It feels horrible though.:biggrin:
  4. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    It's cropped up a couple of times recently on tv. Police are starting to "speak" to female drivers in flip flops or high heels and any drivers with bare feet. It is increasing considered to be 'unsuitable' and could get as high as 'without sufficient control'. Of course it's not that easy to spot a barefoot driver but I'm sure they'll sort out a camera to do it soon.

    Personally, I wouldn't consider driving without a fitted shoe - Dunlop Green Flash minimum. Tried it a few times in sandals but refused to clip on the pony tail.
  5. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    I have driven barefoot, there is not reason why not. I can see that high heels could easily cause a problem, with the driver not being able to control the pedals properly. Trouble is that increasing numbers of drivers fail to understand the concept of taking responsibility for they actions.

    Come to think of it there are a few cyclists who also have problems with the concept of taking responsibility for their actions, just look at all those RLJers, pavement riders, etc.
  6. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I tried barefoot, well shoeless actually, major problem I had was pushing the clutch pedal, but it was a stiff clutch pedal.
  7. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Don't get me wrong, I've driven with bare feet (quite recently) - even worse I've ridden a motorbike in shorts, flip flops and topless. Not very far (about 4 miles) but carrying the rubbish sack to the bin collection point on a very hot day not far from Chateau Gontier. Later the same day I got rat arsed and went for a walk and chatted to a field of French cows.
  8. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    You saying french cows 'mooo' English ? :biggrin:
  9. Driving barefoot is nice. I'd have the utmost disrespect for any coppers who pulled me over about it.
  10. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    As long as you can work the clutch without any trouble, I can't see any problem.....

    Slippy soles can be much more dangerous, new leather shoes can be lethal!!!!!
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I've not really tried driving with no shoes but I have driven with flip flops and found that they can easily 'catch' on the pedals, I don't do that now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    I would be worried if they couldn't use the brake...
  13. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    I learned to drive in a mini metro, and the seat would not go back far enough to give my long legs room. So I removed my shoes and got an extra half inch or so, and took all my lessons and the driving test in socks. No one told I shouldn't.
  14. purpleR

    purpleR Senior Member

    I've read that if you need to do an emergency stop, it can be painful. So much so that your foot may involuntarily ease off the pedal - obviously not good.
  15. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest


    Didn't mention shoes though......
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