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#1 20-03-12 15:05:44

Ryeda[L]e
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Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I have just been listening to a local radio station discussing what type of foot wear is acceptable to use while driving.
Flip flops! an obvious choice for not being suitable, but would kicking them off and driving bare foot be ok?
This is something I used to do when driving in Australia.  Wearing of Flip Flops was  the norm, so just kicking them under the seat was the easy thing to do.
I never had any problems driving bare foot
A spokes man on the show said  doing this would be illegal.
I disagree. I can't find any reference to this statement. can You?

Rule 97 in the highway code states
97
Before setting off. You should ensure that
•    clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner
•   

I know that the wearing of suitable foot wear is the correct thing to do.
I am just challenging the statement.
What's your thoughts?

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#2 20-03-12 15:17:54

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I had a lady some years ago took her test bare footed, no problems with the DE.

She passed.

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#3 20-03-12 15:36:42

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

This comes about from a survey by BRAKE which suggests that 25% have driven in slippers and 10%  barefoot  'This is a safety risk'  !

Of course they do not appear to have identified a single accident caused as a result of this 'dangerous' driving.

No it is not illegal, you can wear divers boots if you like as long as you are in a position to control the vehicle.

But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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#4 20-03-12 16:18:46

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Re BRAKE - do they ever say anything logical???

The simple answer to the headline question is no

As long as the driver is in full control of the pedals at all times then they can wear what they like


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#5 20-03-12 21:06:12

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Hi - I have also had a pupil pass her test driving barefoot and was also told by a police officer that it is legal to drive barefoot.

However - I have a funny feeling that the law is different in Scotland!  Perhaps someone in Scotland can clarify this but I think it is illegal in Scotland!!!!!

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#6 20-03-12 21:14:58

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Wessex wrote:

... he smiled looked down, winked at me and said that's fine.

Ooooh an examiner with a foot fetish? (just joking).

Barefoot driving and being tested barefoot is very common down here in the tropics, I don't mind it myself (I can't see any danger to it*) and being barefoot helps an early-stage learner get the feel of the pedals.
I like them to wear shoes eventually so they get used it, especially the boys who might get a job requiring safety footwear.
If they roll up in thongs (flip-flops) or loose sandals they have to put them in the back though, where they can't slide around and interfere with the pedals.

Sometimes one of my male students will come out to the car after finishing work and remove their work boots so they can drive in socks - I'm thinking of keeping nose pegs in the glove box just for these occasions.

I'm reminded of the time when a young cutie rolled up for her test in Darwin and asked the examiner if he minded that she go topless during the drive. The examiner, the only one we had without any sense of humour (and thus got promoted to a high position), hummed and ahhed a bit and eventually agreed, albeit with a red face according to witnesses. She led the way to a VW Cabriolet with the top retracted.

*Re the safety issue, I'm curious about the perceived dangers of barefoot driving or driving in socks?


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#7 22-03-12 00:23:57

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

suebiker wrote:

However - I have a funny feeling that the law is different in Scotland!  Perhaps someone in Scotland can clarify this but I think it is illegal in Scotland!!!!!

An urban myth.  Perfectly legal there too.  Did have an email at one time from Dumfries and Galloway Police confirming that there is no law against it.






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#8 30-04-12 17:16:20

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Perhaps a slightly different approach is needed here to the OP's question.

Drivers can wear what they like as long as they are in control. In a collision which is serious enough to warrant a full police investigation, however, if it is found that the driver's ability to control the vehicle was impaired by their choice of footwear, then a prosecution could result.

So drivers need to make safe and sensible decisions (based on simple risk assessment - sorry to swear smile ) as to their footwear bearing in mind that footwear other than straightforward flat shoes could contribute to the loss of control that could come back to haunt them for the sake of their freedom of choice!

For example, driving in socks could mean that sudden and harsh braking could not be exercised because a small stone was between the pedal and the foot. Investigators will normally leave no stone unturned (pun intended) to find out the reason for someone's death or serious injury.

Drivers' choice!!

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#9 31-05-12 14:40:42

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I discussed this very topic with a driving examiner not a year ago and he was perfectly ok with people driving barefoot, however he told me of a story from a few years before when a woman driving barefoot had indeed lifted her foot to brake with a stone underfoot causing obvious pain/shock when pressing the brake and resulting in release of brake and fatal injuries to 3rd parties.

As an Instructor I don't mind allowing pupils to drive barefoot as long as the footwear is not kept under the seats where there is a risk of it rolling forward and under the pedals, and they are aware of potential problems with stone chips.

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#10 31-05-12 19:35:32

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Dont wish to come across as confrontational but
on test a driver is being assesed on their ability to control the vehicle' not their fashion sense!
Bare foot, wellies or clogs does not make any difference.

#11 31-05-12 19:54:24

Evan
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Having read this thread a few days ago I decided to give it a go yesterday. So bare foot I set off and managed about 500 metres, the most uncomfortable experience of driving ever. The gas pedal was no problem but the brake and the clutch did not feel comfortable or safe, for me anyway. Try it see what you think. Its a lot easier to advise others if you have tried it yourself.

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#12 08-06-12 06:19:22

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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I remember when I was learning all those years ago, I used to drive bare foot, also took my test with bare feet.
For those of you that remember in the late 60's early 70's everyone wore the great big stonkin platform shoes, you couldn't feel the pedals with those things on. wink
Same as you Wessex I have driven my auto in bare feet no problem at all.

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#13 10-07-12 19:05:40

kinghamssom
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I too have had tests pass whilst drivng bare foot. However, one recent student found it gave her bad cramp in her left foot until she started wearing shoes again....so i guess it could effect car control in some circumstances.

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#14 11-07-12 07:20:04

robcooling
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I drove barefoot once, when I was 18. It was the morning after a party and my 'friends' stole most of my clothes. Barefoot and trouser-less driving.

Wouldn't recommend it.  big_smile


Rob

http://www.appledriving.co.uk - Driving Lessons in Nottingham

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#15 11-07-12 10:31:59

Zipper
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Ah ha!
So, Rob, you would have had problems with stone chips in sensitive parts of your anatomy other than the soles of your feet?   big_smile


Zipper ("G'Day Mate!")
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#16 11-07-12 16:22:54

Roadmaster
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

FS100 wrote:

Driving Bare foot. is it illegal?

Yes

No it isn't illegal.  I've had a couple of pupils take their test without shoes

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#17 31-07-12 07:45:20

lenzcrafter79
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

I have had a few pupils over the years take tests with bare feet, NO problem at all with the examiners.


www.intensivedrivingcoursebristol.com - for all of your crash courses in Bristol

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#18 31-07-12 07:58:02

Newrose
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

If you can keep your car under full control without any foot wear, then i see no reason why anyone should object to it.

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#19 04-08-12 16:01:30

kinghamssom
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Re: Driving Bare foot. is it illegal

Few people approach their vehicle barefoot so I think the greatest risk lies with where the driver places their footwear once behind the wheel. Discarded footwear could  get stuck under the pedals reducing car control. If a barefoot driver gets in an accident due to shoes under the pedals, I presume he/she could possibly be charged with reckless driving - assuming the police can show that this contributed to the accident.

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