CAR SAFETY: Why get sneakers are terrible footwear choice, and what to wear instead

I remember my father always used to tell me that flip flops are terrible choice for driving. High heels, too. Ditch them if you have to, he said and drive barefoot if you absolutely must to, but never ever drive in flip flops. I must admit that was a stubborn redhead teenager with rebellious attitude and took my chances a couple of times. However, I really didn’t feet comfortable in them and ditch the idea altogether. However, I was using my sneakers most of the time. Little did I know that sneakers are really terrible idea as well. The resent searches show that they too can contribute to accidents.

But why?

Let me explain:

Did you know that on average a driver will hit the wrong pedal 10-20 times per year! And we don’t count the new drivers, who are confusing brake for the accelerator. The study found that hitting the wrong pedal included grazing the nearest pedal. Still hitting the accelerator while braking can dramatically increase the braking distance and cause accidents. Sudden Unintended acceleration is real! Who looks down into their feet while driving? I thought so.

Athletic footwear has wide sole and while this is actually a plus for the athletic performance and their stability, it is actually bad for driving.

Plus the athletic shoes can seriously numb what you feel with your feet.

So, driving shoes exist for a reason. While steel toe boots and other work boots like those on review sites such as MyBootprint are great for working, they are not the best for driving. To really feel the pedals and not to hit both pedal while braking, you need a thin sole. Actually, any thin sole shoe (save for flip flops) are great for driving. They will help you feel which pedal you hit, when you are braking or accelerating or when you are transitioning from one pedal to the next.

It is a good idea to keep a pair of light thin-soled shoes in your car just for driving (under the driver’s seat for example). This will greatly influence your chances of avoiding footwear-related car accidents.

I remember my father always used to tell me that flip flops are terrible choice for driving. High heels, too. Ditch them if you have to, he said and drive barefoot if you absolutely must to, but never ever drive in flip flops. I must admit that was a stubborn redhead teenager with rebellious attitude and took my chances a couple of times. However, I really didn’t feet comfortable in them and ditch the idea altogether. However, I was using…

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