We recently reported on the number of individuals that drive in what would seem to be ‘inappropriate driving footwear’, but what does the law say on wearing heels whilst driving?
There is no specific law dealing with the issue of driving in high heels; from a legal standpoint, drivers can wear any type of shoes. It is even perfectly legal to drive barefoot.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that before setting off on a journey in your car, you should ensure that ‘clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’. However, if you get involved in an accident as a result of inappropriate footwear, this could amount to driving without due care and attention. There is no definitive list of actions that amount to careless driving and is very much open to interpretation.
Driving in unsuitable shoes, particularly high heels, can cause a variety of problems, including getting your heel stuck in the floor of the vehicle.
The best solution is to have a suitable pair of shoes in your car. So, should you need to drive, you do not run the risk of causing serious harm to yourself and others, as well action being brought against you.