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The right footwear is crucial when it comes to safe driving. You will be surprised to read that approximately 25% of the common road accidents are as a result of having the wrong footwear. Some people even opt to drive barefoot. My friend, driving barefoot is a very risky endeavor. Think of a situation where a lady is driving in high heels and the heel gets stuck in one of the pedals. In turn rather than stepping on the brakes the lady driver is busy trying to get her heels off the pedal and in the process an accident happens. Some of these accidents can be avoided if only drivers begin to wear the right kind of driving shoes. Besides, with the emerging fashion trends, it should not be hard to find a couple of driving shoes that will go well with your wardrobe.
It is time that you do away with driving shoes that have a base of more than ten millimeters or a very hard sole since they clog the feeling of the feet against the pedals. What then is the best shoe for driving? Now this brings us closer to home. Lets see a few points below:
- A good shoe for driving is one whose sole thickness is balanced. The balanced thickness should be enough to allow you to feel the extent of the pressure on the pedals. This way, it is easy to do away with delays in pressing or releasing the pedals of the car.
- Besides the thickness, the shoe should also not be too soft. The grip on the pedals should be such that there is no unprecedented event of slipping. The grip should be firm and efficient for the right pressure.
- When it comes to the width, the shoe should be standard. Do not go for a big shoe that sometimes makes you step on two pedals at the same time. The shoe should thus allow you to operate one pedal at a time as needed.
- It should be light to provide an easy movement of the feet while driving and working on different angles of the pedals. The light driving shoes also make it possible for the driver to drive for long periods without getting overly tired.
Let us just say that high heels, wedges, flip flops and of course driving barefoot are no-go zones. Rather than spend time trying to put your shoe back on because it came off or trying to regulate the pedal force because the high heels are exerting more pressure, you better have safe shoes that will allow you to concentrate on the road.
Plain flat and the light trainer kind of shoes are the most recommended for driving. And besides, if you are not comfortable to go with them to the public, you can always carry an extra pair of shoe to put on once you reach your destination. With the right pair of shoes, your feet will most certainly feel relaxed and this gives you better control. It is better to be safe than sorry. Remember that at the end of the day, you have people back home waiting for you. What better way is to enjoy a smooth ride if not by investing in the right pair of driving shoes?