Is it illegal to drive in flip flops?

Happy National Flip Flop Day! It’s the day when we kick off our shoes and show off our toes, while flip-flopping our way around the shops or the office!

We’ve been wearing flip flops since ancient Egyptian times. And, today, over 6,000 years later, these light sandals get a day of their own.

A cafe chain invented the day, offering one free smoothie to flip flop-wearing customers. The day helps to raise cash for a camp that offers respite to children with life-threatening illnesses.

It’s a common misconception that driving in flip flops is against the law. However, it’s legal providing you feel properly in control of the brake, clutch and gas.

The perils of driving in flip flops
Flip flops can easily get stuck under or between your pedals when they slip off as you’re driving.

The Highway Code frowns upon driving in flip flops. Its website points to an elderly driver who ended up parking his vehicle in a Californian swimming pool. This happened after he got his flip flop trapped below his gas pedal driving from his garage.

So have a lovely summer journey, enjoy the sunshine, and if you drive in flip flops, take care!

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