Attention ladies & high heel lovers - here’s why you shouldn’t drive in heels!
It’s simple - driving in your favourite pair of wedges or stilettos is just not safe, and here’s why…
It’s not exactly against the law to drive in heels in South Africa, but if you are driving, you should keep a pair of flats in your car to drive in. And here’s why…
The shoes you wear affect your ability to drive, and heels (even if they are fantastically gorgeous), are quite possibly the worst choice you could make when it comes to driving shoes.
Because we care about your safety (it’s why we make car insurance simple and hassle-free), we have put together a brief and awesome blog piece on the dangers of driving in heels…
But like, do shoes even have an impact on my ability to drive?
Yes. Yes, they do.
Look at it this way…
When you are driving, your ankles and feet are basically going through a little gym session and putting in the work to accelerate, brake and use the clutch. That’s why it is important that your shoe choice allows for your feet to freely move about and control your car well.
Imagine going to the gym in heels, a pencil skirt and a blazer? Not exactly workout attire is it? Well, the same thinking applies to the shoes you wear when driving.
Why are heels so dangerous to wear when driving?
There are a few reasons why - for one, driving in heels could even lead to a crash due to the wrong pedal position. In order for your feet to be in the right position, your heel needs to touch the floor. It’s the way that all vehicles are designed.
When your heel is elevated then it is difficult to judge how much pressure you are applying to the pedals. You might not be able to brake in time or you could accelerate too quickly into the back of another car.
But wait, there’s more…
Your heel could also get stuck in your floor mat or even under your pedal!
How do I choose the right shoes to drive in?
The experts believe that it all comes down to the sole of the shoes you wear. Thick soles will prevent your feet from feeling your pedals and wide sole might mean you press down on 2 pedals at the same time.
You need shoes with good grip on your soles and ones that won't slip off your feet. Slops are not a good idea either as these can slip off.
A fab pair of sneakers with a thin sole is always a good idea.
Can I drive barefoot?
There are also risks that are linked to driving barefoot - who knew!? You should never drive barefoot as your feet might cramp or become sweaty and slip off the pedals. Especially in these hot summer months! Plus, your heel is likely to rub on the dirt of your car mat and you can basically wave that delux heel peel goodbye.
So there you have it, the reasons why you can’t drive in heels. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them! Just pack a pair of spare flats (like we said) in your boot and slip these on before driving and quickly put your heels back on before stepping out of the car so that you can still look glam when you arrive.
Just remember to put your heels either on the passenger floor mat or behind you, otherwise leaving them at your feet could result in them moving around, getting in your way or worse, getting stuck beneath a pedal.
And lastly, do yourself a favour and get car insurance. The last thing you want is to have to spend all your shoe money on dent repairs. Am I right?
Yours in uncomplicated car insurance,