Are Sandals Dangerous to Wear While Driving?

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 while driving.

  • 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 the wheel.

  • Platforms
  • Stilettos
  • 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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