It's a common misconception that driving barefoot is illegal -- it's not -- but it may also be safer and improve gas mileage.
It's summer and you're hopping into the car with flip flops. Ladies, you're dressed up in heels for a night out and slip into your car. In both cases you want to kick off your footwear and just drive barefoot, but a little voice is reminding you it's illegal.
That little voice is wrong. Contrary to popular belief, driving barefoot is perfectly legal in all states of the U.S.,1 all Canadian2 provinces, The United Kingdom3 and many other territories and countries. The only state in the U.S. that requires shoes while driving is Alabama -- and it's only for motorcycle riders.
In many ways it's probably safer, too. Flip flops may shift and cause problems contacting the pedals. Heels often catch on the floorboard, making it difficult to properly depress the pedals. The soles of our feet usually have better grip than the slick soles of many shoes.
Lastly, driving barefoot may be better for your gas mileage. When you can more finely feel the pedals and add just the perfect amount of pressure, your accelerations and braking may be more efficient and save fuel over time.4
Kick off your sandals, socks and shoes and try driving barefoot! You might just like it.
1. "Traffic Ticket Urban Legends" Edmunds.com (Link)
2. "Q18: Is it legal to drive barefoot?" Society for Barefoot Living (Link)
3. "Is It Illegal to Drive Barefoot? Answered" All About The Feet (Link)
4. "Driving Barefoot May Noticeably Improve Gas Mileage" BarefootandGrounded.com (Link)