Part of Rule 97 of the Highway Code states: –
“Before setting off. You should ensure that: –
Clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”
This is a rule that many motorists are possibly not familiar with but nevertheless it is an important one as it could have implications in respect of your motor insurance policy should you be involved in a road traffic accident and make a claim on your policy.
If you happen to be involved in an accident whilst at the wheel of your car and not be wearing suitable footwear that may be deemed to be inappropriate to be used whilst driving thus being felt to be attributable for causing a road traffic accident then you may find that the insurance company providing the cover for your motor vehicle may refuse to pay out in the event of you making a claim on your policy.
Presumably such an assessment could be made by the likes of a police office who could have been called to the scene of the accident. Perhaps it could be the driver of another vehicle involved in the road traffic accident who claims that the footwear you had on could have attributed to the accident taking place.
For instance, you could be wearing flip flops and the strap got caught on the brake pedal preventing you from braking in time and then driving into the rear of another car that had come to a halt at a set of traffic lights.
So, before setting off behind the wheel of your car, do think about what footwear to put on as you do not want to find yourself in a situation as indicated above only to find that your car insurance provider are not prepared to pay out in the event of you making a claim on your policy following a road traffic accident.