Traffic rules in fine print that could see you fined £5,000 for driving in flip flops

Rule 97 of the Highway Traffic Act states that your clothing and footwear should not affect your ability to safely operate your car’s controls. Flip flops can be dangerous to wear if they break off and get caught in your gears

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Wearing flip flops may be cooler than regular shoes in hot weather, but wearing them while driving could land you a hefty fine.

There is no law that specifically says what you can or cannot wear while driving.

However, Highway Traffic Act Rule 97 states that your clothing and footwear should not affect your ability to safely operate your car’s controls.

This means that you may want to take care when wearing baggy or baggy clothing during the summer months, if there is a risk that it will prevent you from driving safely.

For example, flip flops could get caught under your pedals or break completely, while a long skirt could also risk getting caught.

Costly driving mistakes

If you have an accident due to wearing flip-flops or are caught by the police, you could be charged with “driving without care and attention”.

This comes with a £100 fine and three points on your licence. This can be increased to a fine of £5,000 and nine points on your license or even a complete driving ban.

Confused.com car insurance expert Alex Kindred previously told the Mirror: ‘This area of ​​law can be confusing for drivers.







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“While there is no law that explicitly prohibits wearing jeans, skirts or flip-flops while driving, you should ensure that you always maintain full control of your vehicle.

“If your clothes or shoes restrict your movement and affect your driving, you could get in trouble and the police could go further.”

Depending on how dark your sunglasses are, they may not be suitable for driving either – something else to keep in mind when the weather warms up.

According to the AA, lenses with less than 75% light transmission are not suitable for night driving.

For daytime driving, experts advise wearing sunglasses with category 2 filter lenses that transmit between 18% and 43% of light.

We’ve rounded up seven types of clothing that could get you fined when driving here.

Other things to avoid in the car include using your phone to change the music on your stereo. Using your phone while driving is illegal, and this applies even if you’re just selecting a song to play.

Using a mobile phone while driving can result in a £200 fine and six points on your licence.

Surprisingly, leaving a dog locked in a car on a hot day is not a criminal offense in itself, although it can lead to overheating and death.

But it can lead to motorists being charged with animal cruelty under animal welfare law.

Such an offense means an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison.

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