Traffic rules mean your clothes can get you a £5,000 fine
Drivers could be fined a staggering £5,000 for wearing sunglasses, as well as certain types of footwear and even baggy jeans.
Motoring experts quoting traffic laws say you could end up with a £100 fine on the spot and three penalty points for careless driving if you wear inappropriate clothing that prevents you from maneuvering properly. Should the incident go to court, the penalty could be up to a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points and even a driving ban.
Code Rule 97 states that “the clothes and shoes you choose to wear while driving should not interfere with your ability to operate the controls correctly.” Car and vehicle finance company CarMoney has now identified seven common items of clothing that most of us wear while driving that could be restrictive.
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They claim that some of this clothing could put people at risk of breaking the law, adding points on licenses or receiving a hefty fine. The reasoning is that some of these items of clothing can be inconvenient while driving, and avoiding them would ensure safety on the roads.
Here are seven items you might want to avoid carrying in the car, according to CarMoney.
Sunglasses that are too dark
Depending on the lens of your sunglasses, they might actually be too dark for safe driving, according to the AA. Your peripheral vision can also be affected by wearing sunglasses while driving, as the frames block your vision.
Sun visors were invented for the very purpose of allowing you to see the road clearly on sunny days, so it is best to use them when needed.
Long, flowing skirts
This type of clothing could get caught under the pedals, or restrict your use of them – which is obviously less than ideal.
Very loose jeans
For the same reason as above, if your jeans are too baggy, they will likely be unfit for riding, which means you could be penalized.
Flip flops or sliders
Thousands of motorists take to the wheel each year in their flip flops and flip flops when the sun is beating down, but how safe are they? Thin-soled shoes, less than 10 mm thick, are classified as unsafe for driving.
Your shoes should not restrict the movement of your ankle. According to the RAC, 40% of women admitted to driving in high heels. Although they may look elegant, high heels are simply not practical for pedals.
If your slippers are open-backed, chances are they are not safe to ride as your feet may slip when using the pedals. Alastair Grier, managing director of CarMoney, said: “If your shoes do not provide enough grip to prevent your foot from slipping off the pedals, they are classified as unsafe.”
Although at first glance they seem fine, thick boots with thick soles should not be worn for driving. Wide shoes can accidentally touch more than one pedal at a time.
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