Is It Illegal to Drive While Barefoot or Wearing Flip Flops In Florida?
Here in Florida, the weather is warm, and it’s warm most of the time. You’ll want to wear something comfortable on your feet, like flip flops, for example… or you may even want to go barefoot if you’re spending a day at the beach. But, what happens when you get behind the wheel of your car? Is it illegal to drive while barefoot, or even while wearing flip flops, in the state of Florida?
This is actually a common question, and it’s a good question as well, because the truth of the matter is that doing either of these things can make your drive more dangerous. But before we talk about that, let’s answer the question. No, it is not illegal to drive while either barefoot or wearing flips flops in Florida. In fact, both are technically legal throughout all 50 U.S. states. This is the case as of July 2017. That being said, you should always double check to make sure the law hasn’t changed and to determine if local county or city laws may have additional restrictions that may not exist on the state level.
Why Is It Dangerous to Drive Barefoot?
Like we said, though you may technically be allowed to drive barefoot, it isn’t advised. There are many dangers that come along with the practice.
Should you ever get in an accident, for example, and need to exit the vehicle, your feet will have no protection from the metal and broken glass that will most certainly be littering the road surface. Moreover, your feet do not provide as flat and firm a surface as appropriate shoes might, meaning it can be easier for your foot to slip off the pedal.
Dangers of Driving With Flip Flops
Of course, wearing flip flops also has its own dangers. The key danger when it comes to operating a motor vehicle while wearing flip flops is that it is easy for the footwear to get caught underneath the pedals. Since they are open, it is possible for the pedal to get stuck in between your foot and the flip flop itself. In addition to that, flip flops often fall off far too easily, forcing you to pay less attention to driving and more attention to keeping your footwear on.
So it may be OK to drive barefoot or while wearing flip flops in Florida, but it definitely isn’t advised, and you could get into trouble should your choice of footwear be the cause of an accident. For more driving tips, be sure to check back to the Coastal Hyundai blog.