Whenever we go behind the wheel, we must be sure that nothing bothers us since driving takes great care to avoid several unpleasant circumstances or accidents. One of these bothersome factors certainly includes the proper footwear. There are several shoes that specialists have recognized as being the most harmful for drivers.
Floppies: According to research by Ford, they are the most dangerous styles of shoes for driving. Statistics suggest that with this sort of shoe, one in nine drivers pedal. It's because they can slip off the foot while driving and get under the pedal. In this scenario, the total braking time is up by 0.13 secs. The braking distance is increased by 3.5 m when the automobile journeys at 95 km/h. Moreover, it takes 0.04 secs, which is twice as long as in tight shoes, to move one foot from one pedal to the next.
Slippers: Low foot support also results in foot tiredness. Driving in rubber shoes, when the foot sweats, is particularly risky.
Heels: Thin stilettos are contraindicated, especially those over 3 cm. They are commonly caught on a mattress, so a driver has little time to apply the brake pedal in time in an emergency scenario. A UK insurance firm carried out an inquiry which showed that 750 people were in or near an accident due to the shoes falling and caught between their pedals.
Platform shoes: lovers of such styles should also not be delighted. Although the shoes are comfy and solid enough to use daily, they should be avoided in the car. The driver is not feeling the pedal well with such shoes.
Sneakers with thick soles: That's also bad news for sporty enthusiasts. The reasons for this are the same across platforms.
Felt boots: Traditional shoes are also undesirable as they make the foot clumsy. In the cold, this substance hardens, making it harder for the foot to move. You should consider the sole's thickness as well as its lightness. Another risk factor is increased slipperiness. The foot may just wander away from the pedal in a risky situation.
Natural leather sports shoes without a heel are the finest alternative. Drivers' moccasins are now being produced by manufacturers. They're made with a decent pedal feel in mind. The embossed design keeps the foot on the pedal. As the heel between the top and bottom of the moccasins has no sharp edge, the limb may glide easily on even the softest carpet. Also offered are models with unique heels. It's worth getting specific rubber pads from a vehicle shop to increase your foot's grip on the pedal.
It's better to remove your shoes entirely if you don't have a proper pair with you. It's unsanitary, but it's a lot safer.