But that would be even more dangerous, having your shoes near the pedals while you drive just in case? I'm quite sure the officer would notice you bending down to put them on anyway, and he'd ask, and what other excuse could you give? Besides, if you're being pulled over, then you're most likely making mistakes with the shoeless driving. The issue is probably with having to push the pedals hard in case of some mishap, and our tendency to hesitate when we expect any sort of pain. Those pedals can be pretty hard to push, and they're not flat, so it would make sense that they'd hurt to slam on with bare feet. I don't know about you, but when I expect something to hurt, I'm a little hesitant before I jump in, which is a horrible thing when you're doing something as dependent on each movement as driving is.
In my country, the rule is that you have to wear clothes that make you able to properly react to dangerous situations. That means, for example, that you cannot drive in a Disneyland Mickey-Mouse costume, because it will inhibit your vision and you will not get out of the car fast enough in a dangerous situation after a crash.
For shoes, the rule is: If the police stops you and you have no shoes on, they will tell you that this might be dangerous but not sue you.
But if you are involved in an accident and you have no shoes or very inappropriate shoes (flip-flop sandals that fall off of your feet or extreme high-heel shoes), you will have to prove that this was not a factor in the cause of the accident. Or else you will have to pay for damages at least partially.
I mean I wear heels and I cannot drive in heels... i misjudge and hit the side of the break pedal. or wearing rain boots which i just did a couple days ago it was hard moving my foot in the position to break or gas cause the boot was soooo stiff. This way your foot is out and flexable, I don't think there is anything wrong with it.
That is probably because in case of an accident, you must be able to leave the car. You must be able to get away from a burning car and you must be able to go and help injured people in other cars. And some folks just can't walk on asphalt with bare feet. And in a car crash there might be glass fragments around, too.
In Michigan you are allowed to drive with your bare feet ONLY if you have your shoes in the car. Which is odd because it seems that there is 0 logic behind that. Flip-flops are worse than bar feet when it comes to slippage on the pedals, yet they are perfectly acceptable as proper footwear for Michigan motorists.
Well it's not illegal drive without shoes on in my country. May be it's illegal but police doesn't check for shoes lol
It may be illegal because ,If you don't wear shoe then you slip the break paddle or accelerator paddle . Moreover shoes also helps to avoid minor injuries from minor accidents
Apparently, the bottom of your feet doesn't offer enough traction and can slip on the pedal, which can result in an accident. The frightening part is that this law had to be put into place because a similar incident actually happened.
I am sure it is hard for the police to really fine someone driving without shoes on since they can not see the driver's feet and the driver can easily put her shoes on when they are being pulled over. :-)
in case of emergency you would not be able to press and keep pressing the brake hard enough to lock up the brakes as you could with shoes
If it's legal or not lol I do all the time haha... :/ and sometimes drive and have my one leg up on my seat ha I'm weird with positions
I begun to think about it this morning when takeing the kids to school, cuz the weather is nice and I don't like to wear shoes :-/
Yes that very true, I remember my mother gettin a ticket once cuz she wasn't wearing shoes
Fair enough but I promise I will not be looking for shoes if my car is burning!!
Wow, now that is new to me. no one has ever talked about this issue here.
Huh. Given that people over here live in flip flops, that is news to me.
Oh that's funny. I didn't know it was illegal.... :p
Ur right bout the flip flops, not good for driveing
Good to hear that even me too I was wondering why?
"avoid minor injuries" ... good point!
It is?! No wonder it's so fun.
That makes since