Warning drivers could face £5,000 fine for wearing wrong clothes behind wheel

UK drivers have been issued a warning and could be facing fines of up to £5,000 for wearing the wrong clothes as temperatures soar above 30C.

Although flowy trousers, more baggy jeans or summer dresses may feel appropriate for trips to the beach, motorists need to be careful with comfortable clothing.

Motoring experts have urged drivers not to put comfort over safety.

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Any UK driver found to be motoring in inappropriate clothing which may restrict manoeuvring could face on-the-spot fines of £100.

These fines can also come with three penalty points.

However, the fines can be upped to £5,000, plus a nine point penalty and a driving ban, if the case goes to court, reports the Express.

This is because of Rule 97 of the Highway Code, which states: "The clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner."

If clothes are too baggy they could get tangled on the brake or clutch pedals.

If that leads to an accident, motorists can be charged by police with careless driving and face huge fines.

This also applies to summer dresses.

Maxi dresses might make motorists look beach-ready but when driving they could restrict the use of pedals, leading to a nasty accident.

Other items which drivers should avoid include flip-flops, high heels, slippers and sunglasses with too dark lenses or chunky frames.

While sunglasses are an essential eye protection accessory, some styles can restrict vision while driving.

For instance, some lenses might be tinted too dark and restrict daylight vision on the road.

Additionally, bulky frames can cause a blind spot, so drivers have been advised to test them out first or stick to using just the built-in car sun visors.

When it comes to acceptable shoes the rules are also quite specific.

Shoes with a sole that’s less than 10mm thick are considered “unsafe” to drive in.

Motorists have, therefore, been advised to use driving shoes and change to flip-flops on the beach.

High-heels are also not the most practical shoes when it comes to driving.

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Around 40% of women admitted to driving in high heels.

They create issues with pushing down the pedals as the heel can get wedged underneath, preventing drivers from pushing it all the way down which is vital when breaking in an emergency.

Richard Owen-Hughes, Marketing Director at Driver Hire Training, said: “Drivers should make conscious decisions to wear clothing and shoes that aren’t at risk of endangering themselves or those around them.

"Whilst it may be tempting to be in cooler shoes during the heatwave, we advise drivers to make use of other cooling systems in the vehicle to make the drive more enjoyable and safe.”


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