Many people do not consider how their choice in footwear can be a potential
danger when getting behind the wheel. But, research has proven that flip-flops
and other types of footwear can be extremely hazardous while driving.
As a matter of fact, about 1.4 million auto accidents occurred when drivers’
sandals blocked them from pressing the gas, brake, and clutch pedals.
Due to these obstructions, the drivers were not able to make the proper
driving maneuvers and caused collisions.
Below is a list of statistics regarding the hazards of wearing flip-flops
- About 33% of Americans operate vehicles while wearing flip-flops.
- One in ten of these persons confess that their flip-flops have been trapped
under the pedals at least once.
- A driver wearing the proper footwear and operating a car under normal conditions
can react to road conditions within 0.02 seconds. A person wearing flip-flops
takes double that amount of time to react.
Other Potentially Dangerous Footwear to Wear While Driving
Studies show that other types of shoes can create hazardous driving conditions,
too. Most of these shoes include those with the following designs.
- Thick soles
- Thin soles
- Minimal surface areas
- Constrained ankle movement
- Weak structures
- Lack of grip
Below is a list of other potentially unsafe footwear to wear while behind
- Strappy sandals
- Slippery, non-grip shoes such as bowling shoes
- Ankle-high or knee-high boots
- Running shoes with thick soles
- Tennis shoes with thick soles
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