Certain footwear can lead to unsafe driving

April 12, 2012 12:00 AM

A recent survey found that both men and women have a problem when it comes to unsafe driving - namely, the shoes on their feet.

Some types of shoes have been proven to increase the risk of an issue on the road, but that hasn't stopped drivers from playing with fire. According to a survey by Confused.com, 40 percent of female drivers in the U.K. admit to driving with high heels on. An additional 39 percent say they wear platform shoes or other types of heels while driving.

"Women have been driving in high heels for years," Lauren Fix, automotive columnist and safety expert, told AOL Autos. "Part of the problem is that they are wearing these six-inch spike heels with these new risers on the bottom. So you're not getting a good feel of the pedal."

Yet the problem isn't only for women. Men also admit that they are unsafe when it comes to their choice of footwear, although the offender in this case is flip flops - 27 percent wear these shoes when driving. Studies have shown that flip flops can slip off and get wedged between the pedals. A further 22 percent say they drive barefoot, which is illegal in Britain but not against the law in the United States.

Those who want to improve their safety on the road should keep up with their auto maintenance, as this can reduce the chance of a mechanical failure.

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