UK drivers have been issued a warning and could face fines of up to £5,000 for wearing the wrong clothes as temperatures soar above 30C.
Although flowing pants, looser jeans or sundresses may seem appropriate for beach trips, motorists should be careful with comfortable clothing.
Automotive experts have urged drivers not to prioritize comfort over safety.
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Any UK driver found driving in inappropriate clothing that can restrict maneuvering could face on-the-spot fines of £100.
These fines can also be accompanied by three penalty points.
However, fines can be increased to £5,000, plus a nine point penalty and a driving ban, if the case goes to court, the Express reports.
Indeed, Rule 97 of the Highway Traffic Act states: “The clothing and footwear you choose to wear while driving should not interfere with your ability to operate the controls correctly.
If the clothes are too loose, they could get tangled on the brake or clutch pedals.
If this leads to an accident, motorists can be charged by police with reckless driving and face huge fines.
This also applies to summer dresses.
Maxi dresses can make motorists look like they’re ready for the beach, but when driving, they can restrict the use of pedals, leading to an unpleasant crash.
Other items drivers should avoid include flip flops, high heels, slippers, and sunglasses with overly dark lenses or thick frames.
Although sunglasses are an essential eye protection accessory, certain styles can restrict vision while driving.
For example, some lenses may be tinted too dark and restrict daylight vision on the road.
Also, bulky frames can create a blind spot, so drivers are advised to test them out first or stick only to the car’s built-in sun visors.
When it comes to acceptable footwear, the rules are also quite specific.
Shoes with a sole less than 10 mm thick are considered “dangerous” for driving.
Motorists were therefore urged 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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About 40% of women admitted to driving in high heels.
They create problems with pedal sinking as the heel can get stuck underneath, preventing drivers from pushing it all the way in, which is vital when braking in an emergency.
Richard Owen-Hughes, Marketing Director at Driver Hire Training, said: “Drivers need to make conscious decisions to wear clothing and footwear that is unlikely to endanger themselves or those around them.
“Although it may be tempting to be in cooler shoes during the heat wave, we advise drivers to use other cooling systems in the vehicle to make driving more enjoyable and safer.”