Sunday, 25 July 2021

Keeping To A Sort Of Driving Theme,

with the hot weekend here, do not look down and see this whilst driving,

image: Getty Images/iStockPhoto, drivers getting behind the wheel with flip flops during the heatwave could find themselves in serious trouble, while people will be wanting to do all they can to keep cool in the heat wave, wearing flip flops while driving contravenes Rule 97 of the Highway Code, it states that you must be "wearing appropriate clothing and footwear to drive a vehicle" and the aforementioned flip flops do not fit in that category, as it happens I am guessing nether do sandals or bare feet, if police see you have flip flops on say after an accident, you're liable for a "driving without due care and attention" charge - which carries a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points on your license, if it goes to court that rises to a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine, nine penalty points and potentially a driving ban, according to the RAC, a breakdown and insurance cover company, they say: "While light, flimsy and impractical footwear can be dangerous, so can sturdy, robust shoes, such as walking or snow boots, so this summer and any other time you drive a car, No Flip-Flops!


Jil Wrinkle said...

Five or six years ago, I actually got pulled over at a police checkpoint here in The Philippines for driving with sandals on. Of course, everyone in The Philippines wears sandals. So while the officer was explaining to me how I shouldn't be driving with sandals on, I made it a point to agree with him, while staring intently at the feet of all the other motorcycle riders driving by wearing sandals.

He obviously got the point and didn't write me a ticket. I honestly think he just wanted to practice his English or find out more about the foreigner in his town than to actually enforce the law. I never switched over to proper shoes, still wear sandals, and have not been hassled about them since.

PattayaStan said...

Dear Jil, as you might expect and I am sure you know, whilst in Thailand wearing flip-flops was de rigueur when driving any sort of transport, luckily I was always wearing casual shoes when driving, but I think the boys in brown if stopped, would have defiantly written a ticket! best regards, Stan and Diana.