Heatwave warning as drivers face a £5,000 fine for wearing the wrong shoes behind the wheel
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that your clothing and footwear must not interfere with your ability to operate your car’s controls safely – we explain what that means
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Drivers face a fine of up to £5,000 and points on their driving license if they wear the wrong clothes and shoes behind the wheel.
As the weather warms up, you might be tempted to slip on flip flops on a long drive.
There is no law that specifically says what you can and cannot wear behind the wheel.
However, rule 97 of the Highway Code states that your clothing and footwear should not interfere with your ability to operate your car’s controls safely.
This means that in the summer months you should be cautious about wearing loose or baggy clothing where there is a risk that this will make you unable to drive safely.
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For example, flip flops could get caught under your pedals or rip completely, while a long skirt could also risk getting caught.
If you are involved in an accident or caught by the police while wearing flip-flops, you could face a “driving without due care and attention” charge.
This carries a fine of £100 and three points on your driving licence.
This can go up to a fine of £5,000 and nine points on your driving license or even a total driving ban.
Confused.com’s auto insurance expert, Alex Kindred, previously told The Mirror: “This area of law can be confusing for drivers.
“Although there is no law specifically stating that you cannot wear jeans, skirts or flip-flops while driving, you have to make sure that you are always in full control of your vehicle.
“If your clothing or shoes restrict your movement and interfere with your driving, you risk getting into trouble and the police could move further.”
Depending on how dark your sunglasses are, they may not be suitable for driving either – something to keep in mind in hot weather.
According to the AA, lenses with less than 75% light transmission are unsuitable for night driving.
For daytime driving, experts recommend wearing sunglasses with category 2 lenses that transmit between 18% and 43% of light.
We’ve rounded up seven types of clothing that could land you a fine while driving here.
And drivers taking hay fever medication have been warned they could face jail time and a ban on driving.
Some antihistamine tablets can affect your safety while driving because they can cause drowsiness, nausea and blurred vision.
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