Some research has indicated that driving in high heels could be dangerous. Walking in high heels or stilettos is challenging enough, but wearing them when behind the wheel could slow your reaction time because of their instability on the floor. Apart from that, your heel could get caught between the accelerator and the brake, making it harder for you to control your vehicle. We’ve all heard of the driving term ‘heel & toe’, but this is not it.
So what about platform shoes or wedges then? Some experts argue that it is harder to get a good feel for the accelerator and brake pedals when wearing platforms and if you can’t feel the pedal, you wouldn’t know how much pressure to apply.
Nearly half the women between the ages of 24-35 wear heels when behind the wheel, making that group the most likely to place fashion over safe driving habits.
According to a recent U.S. survey, 40% of all women drivers wear high heels to drive. On top of that, another 39% admit to frequently wearing platforms, wedges or even flip flops – all of which are not the best options for safe driving practices. Only 34% claim to always wear sensible shoe when driving.
Most safety experts recommend keeping a pair of suitable shoes in the car for the safest driving. And if you are wearing shoes which you would not wear for a driving test then you probably shouldn’t wear them to drive daily either. But if it is really necessary to wear them, you can always change into your high heels once you arrive safely at your destination. So remember ladies, always put safety first especially when behind the wheel.