Appropriate Shoes for Driving | Driving Test Success

Appropriate Shoes for Driving

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  • Shoes with thick or wide soles mean you may not be able to feel the pedals beneath your feet and may press the accelerator and brake at the same time
  • Shoes with high heels may become caught in the mat or carpet beneath your feet, delaying the speed at which you brake
  • Shoes with slippery soles may cause your foot to slip off the brake when you need to apply pressure and mean you fail to brake, or brake too late
  • Bare or stockinged feet can be slippery, plus you may not be able to apply enough pressure to the brake and end up in a collision. This is also not practical: your feet have no protection in the event of an accident, and you may have to step over or around broken glass


Sensible shoes for driving

For these reasons, you must choose your footwear accordingly. It’s important that your foot can feel and apply the necessary pressure required to brake or accelerate. The soles of your shoes mustn’t be too thick, thin, rigid, flexible or slippery. They should also not hamper foot or ankle movement. The “right” choice may not always be the choice you would prefer in terms of fashion. In this case, simply wear your “sensible” shoes whilst driving, and change into your footwear of choice before exiting the vehicle. It’s a small price to pay for your safety and that of others.

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