Driving naturally comes with risks. By practicing safe driving and precautionary measures, individuals may lower their chances of becoming involved in a wreck. However, it is not possible to completely eliminate accidents.
According to the National Safety Council, the U.S. experienced over 200,000 preventable deaths and over 55 million injuries as a result of vehicular accidents. Such incidents often occur because of simple things you might not think is capable of being responsible for a wreck, such as changing the radio station. Your choice of footwear falls into this category.
Wearing sandals, flip-flops and slides while driving increases the possibility of a crash occurring. It reduces your ability to respond quickly to a car suddenly halting or pulling in front of you because you are unable to brake as effectively and as fast as normal when wearing these shoes. It may also become a problem if the shoes slide off your feet or the backs or fronts become caught in the pedals during tricky maneuvers.
Similarly, you may not be able to brake as fast in high-heeled shoes as in less stylish footwear. The decreased contact area with the brake pedal may reduce the amount of pressure you are able to exert in a short amount of time. If you have a mat on the floor, the heels may also get stuck in it at a critical moment.
Bare feet may feel great, but they slide off pedals easier since they lack the grip of treads. They also do not have the ability to exert the same amount of force as if they had coverings.
There is no law regulating what shoes you wear while driving. However, some shoes are certainly safer to drive in than others.