Is it legal to drive in flip flops?

They might be comfy, but they aren’t quite legal (Picture: Getty)

It looks like it might be a scorcher this weekend, with temperatures potentially hitting 33C, and breaking the record for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

With that in mind, you might want to air out your toes with a lovely pair of sandals; perhaps even flip flops.

The popular sandal – known to Australians as thongs – are easy to slip on and potter about in. However, the rumour persists that they’re not actually legal to wear while driving.

It might sound silly, but there’s a whole load of misconceptions when it comes to legalities of what shoes you can wear driving.

If you’re unsure, here’s everything you need to know.

We definitely wouldn’t advise driving like this in them (Picture: Getty)

Can you wear flip flops while driving?

First thing’s first, there’s no law that outright states you can’t drive with flip flops on.

However, just to make things complicated, the laws state that there are reasons why you could get in trouble for doing so.

Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers are told that they’re required to wear ‘footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.’

So, if you’re wearing a bendy kind of flip flip that might come loose and hook under a pedal or slide off and make it hard to brake correctly, it could cost you dearly.

If you do happen to be stopped for driving erratically or dangerously, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention. The maximum penalty for this is a £5,000 fine, up to nine points on your license, or even a driving ban.

Even less severe cases can warrant a £100 on-the-spot fine and three points. Basically, the time it’d take to put some socks and shoes on is a whole lot let hassle than all of that.

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