3 footwear choices for beginner drivers to avoid

Individuals may wear whatever shoes they wish to when driving. However, the risk of vehicular accidents is higher for those who don certain kinds of footwear.

While practice may reduce this, certain types of footgear simply lack attributes that make others, like sneakers, more suitable for driving. Those just starting to learn the ropes of operating an automobile may want to reconsider wearing less-safe options until they gain a little more experience.

1. Flip-flops

Out of all the options, these are one of the most dangerous to wear while driving because the backs may catch on the pedals, slip or otherwise impede the use of them. NBC 25 News reports that such “pedal application” errors contribute to 16,000 wrecks annually across the U.S. They also make effective braking harder because they slow down deceleration and make it harder to apply force and maneuver feet.

2. High heels

Since these elevate the feet, they may interfere with judging the amount of pressure needed. Like flip flops, they also easily get caught on the pedals and even the floor mat. This may lead to a deadly delay in reaction time.

3. None

It is legal to drive without shoes — no laws in any of the states forbid it. However, most advise against it since it is hazardous. Sweaty feet may easily slip off the brakes at inopportune times. Barefoot feet have more difficulty applying the correct amount of force. They also start hurting after a while, which may in turn distract the driver.

Platforms, wedge heels, house shoes and other forms of footwear may also raise danger levels significantly if worn while driving. While beginners may legally wear any shoes they please when driving, or even none at all, avoiding certain ones may help them avoid a crash.