AA research reveals drivers suffer from what they are wearing

New AA research around the UK shows that over 25% of drivers have reported that they have encountered driving difficulties because of what shoes they are wearing, according to a new AA spokesperson in South Africa named Gary Ronald. Speaking at a recent press event, he said that British motorists are some of the safest on the planet, so if so many of them report some kind of trouble with shoes, then he thinks South African drivers might just suffer from similar problems.

Because of the hot climate, many people often wear flip-flops which English motorists typically do not. Yet in the survey, Almost one-third of those who reported problems with shoes also said they were using flip-flops. This leads Ronald to think there may be a link between the two, and wants more data so that the link becomes clearer between footwear and driving issues.

The dangers of driving using flip-flops were reported in various areas including applying breaks, getting the footwear stuck to the floor mat, and trouble releasing the accelerator or brake pedal. Those shoes have also been linked to footwear deformation in a crash, especially frontal crashes. The data also shows that high heels can have a negative effect on driving. 20% of women said some problems they suffered were caused by high heels, however 84% of them said they kept another pair of shoes just for driving around.

Ronald adds that motorists should keep a small towel in their cars to dry soles of the shoes they wear. This can be done a few times before they start driving, especially when going through a confined driveway or car park where a lot of people may be walking around.

It seems the best shoe for driving around may be the typical leather footwear that business people wear on a daily basis, since they typically have a solid, flat bottom. South Africans, where the survey was conducted, advise others to wear something comfortable and close-fitting when driving, since being uncomfortable can contribute to further issues.