Rule 97 of the Highway Code states: “Before setting off. You should ensure that clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.” For me and plenty of other drivers rule 97 is simply common sense, who would want to drive their vehicle in inappropriate footwear? Sensible shoes all the way for me. A survey out this week suggests that donning a pair of your most sensible Crockett & Jones driving shoes isn’t always the of choice made by many drivers during the summer months, with many opting to go bare footed behind the wheel.
The research saw sandals come out top when individuals were asked to pick from a list of the more unconventional types of shoes they have previously donned when at the pedals, with 42% of survey participants saying that they had put on these summer favourites. In fact, sandals also emerged as a popular choice for 60% of women. Similarly, flip-flops, synonymous with going to the beach or lounging by the pool, were called out by 20% of car users as footwear they have worn. For me a sensible pair of shoes is always the safest option.