Baggy jeans, long skirts and flip flops are just some of the clothing that could land you a £5,000 fine on the road due the risks they can cause while driving.
While there isn’t a law that specifically says what you can or can’t wear, these types of clothing could restrict you from manoeuvring and controlling your car – meaning they could pose a potential hazard.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that “the clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner”.
This means that if your clothing causes an issue – such as making you lose control of your car or crash – you could risk a fine.
This applies to drivers who are just popping out to the supermarket, as well as longer journeys.
If you get pulled over, traffic cops could slap you with a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points for careless driving.
But if the incident goes to court, the penalty could go up to a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points and even a driving ban, reports Manchester Evening News.
Car insurance expert at Confused.com Alex Kindred said: “This area of law can be confusing for drivers.
“Although there is no law which explicitly states that you can’t wear jeans, skirts or flip flops behind the wheel, you need to make sure that you’re always in full control of your vehicle.
“If your clothing or footwear restricts your movement and affects your driving, you risk getting into trouble and the police could take things further.”
CarMoney has identified seven common items of clothing that could be troublesome for drivers.
Again, keep in mind these are just examples that could in theory impact your driving.
Alastair Grier, managing director of vehicle financing company CarMoney said: “The price of your car insurance is also going to increase dramatically if you are involved in a car accident, and you were behind the wheel in inappropriate clothing that forced you to drive carelessly.”
Long skirts and dresses: Warmer weather means summer clothing like long skirts and dresses will be coming out of wardrobes.
But the material could get caught underneath the pedals or restrict your use of them, which could be dangerous when you’re driving.
Baggy jeans: The same goes for baggy jeans – too much material could prove hazardous.
Again, this is because any excess material could potentially get caught under your pedals.
Flip flops and sliders: Another summer favourite – but also one that could end up seeing you fined as a driver.
That’s because shoes with a thin sole, with less than 10mm in thickness, are classed as unsafe to drive in.
There is also a danger with flip flops of them snapping or getting caught under pedals.
High heels: Shoes with a very tall heel can often restrict ankle movement, making them not ideal for driving in.
If you’re driving somewhere fancy, experts suggest taking a flat pair of shoes to drive in and switching them out for your high heels once you reach your destination.
Slippers: They may be comfy, but slippers are certainly not the safest shoes to drive in.
They often don’t provide a lot of grip and the soft fabric means your feet could be likely to slip out from your shoes.
Chunky boots: If your boots are too big, there is a danger you may end up pressing too pedals at once.
This could apply to fashionable boots, or the types worn by construction workers to protect their feet.
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Sunglasses: Depending on how dark your sunglasses are, it could be that these aren’t suitable for driving too.
According to the AA, lenses with light transmission less than 75% are unsuitable for night driving.
For daytime driving, experts suggest wearing sunglasses with filter category two lenses which transmit between 18% and 43% of light.