What not to wear when driving

It’s perhaps not the first thing you consider when you’re about to jump into the car, but it’s actually quite important to make sure you’re suitably dressed. 

Here’s our list of five of things to avoid when driving, let us know if you think there are any other pieces you think should be avoided: 

1. Dangly jewellery

Not just noisy and distracting, long swinging necklaces and armfuls of bracelets are liable to catch on clothing and even the gearstick. We suggest tucking a necklace under a jumper and removing bracelets before you set off. 

2. Ear phones

While there isn’t a specific driving law that bans the use of earphones, we would definitely advise against it due to their dangly nature and the impact of having no hearing awareness outside of the music you’re listening to. It could block out vital clues to the traffic around you including motorbikes and sirens. Rule 148 of the Highway Code states that drivers should ‘avoid distractions…such as loud music’ which is why we think it’s best to play it safe. 

3. Stilettos

Although we think it’s pretty obvious, spike heels could cause problems with control. And it’s not just the heel that’s the problem, the sole is usually much smaller on this type of shoe and often has much less grip which could lead to your feet slipping off the pedals.  

4. Padded gloves

For what seems like the majority of the year, most of us put a pair of gloves on before we leave the house and this is even more important when defrosting the car. However, the massive pair of mitts aren’t a good choice when it comes to getting behind the wheel. Often made with slippery synthetics, mittens and padded gloves give little grip on the steering wheel and can also make changing gears a challenge.  

5. Flip flops

Another footwear fail is the flip flop. They’re unsuitable for a number of reasons not least the flimsy material which can prevent the wearer from applying the right pressure on the pedals, down to the risk of the shoes getting caught underneath the pedals which could result in a loss of control. We’d recommend keeping a pair of slip-on shoes or trainers in the boot for a quick change if needed.  

Sarah Lewis


April 12, 2016

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