Car insurance can be invalidated through a variety of reasons and road users could see themselves caught out for wearing one type of shoe this winter. Heavy boots or wellies covered in water or snow could be deemed as inappropriate footwear for driving and could see insurers refuse to pay out for claims in collisions.
What shoes are not allowed?
The RAC reveals some basic guidelines for selecting appropriate footwear when behind the wheel.
The recovery group says shoes should have a sole no thicker than 10mm and this should not be too thin or soft.
Shoes should provide enough grip to stop a foot slipping off the pedal but also not be too heavy which could restrict you from making quick movements.
Flip flops and high heels are identified as footwear which are unsuitable for driving but the recovery group also says sturdy boots can cause an issue.
The website states: “While light, flimsy and impractical footwear can be dangerous, so can sturdy, robust shoes, such as walking or snow boots.
“It’s important to have a good base and grip to apply pressure to the pedals, but you need a certain degree of finesse to manipulate the controls. If so, you could strike the brake and accelerator together, producing a heart-in-mouth incident.”
The Driving Standard Agency also said it was important to wear suitable shoes when behind the wheel of a vehicle.
A uSwitch survey revealed just 16 percent of motorists admit to keeping a pair of driving shoes in the car at all times despite eight in ten claiming their choice of footwear may be affecting their safety behind the wheel.
One in ten drivers revealed they have stalled their car in the past year because their shoes made controlling the pedals difficult.
Kasey Cassels, insurance expert at uSwitch.com said: “It may seem a bit old fashioned, but driving shoes are the must-have accessory for any weekend away in the car.
“A spare pair of well-fitting flats or pumps can make a difference to your driving style and help you get more out of your motor by preventing stalling, swerving and stopping too quickly.”
Specially designed driving shoes produce comfort and grip on the pedal of the vehicle for safety.