You have just returned to your car from a swim at the beach and your feet are covered in sand as you dread the thought of putting on your shoes. Or, how about whilst driving home from a long night out on the town the pain from your heels is so bad you take them off in the car. Driving bareboot in these scenarios is such a viable option right?
So, what’s the deal about driving barefoot. Is it legal?
The answer is sort of yes but possibly no – sorry we couldn’t be clearer!
The good news is that all Australian States and Territories have no specific laws that specify you cannot drive barefoot. However, before you plan a barefoot circumnavigation of the country in a campervan please consider this:
Under the New South Wales Road Rules 2014 section 297, drivers have a responsibility to ensure they have proper control of their vehicle at all times. Whilst this doesn’t mean driving with shoes as such, driving barefoot can be problematic and could be a potential distraction, such as your feet slipping off the pedals during an emergency.
The good news is that all Australian States and Territories have no specific laws that specify you cannot drive barefoot.
Consider the unfortunate scenario that you are involved in an accident and happen to be barefoot, this can be a factor taken into consideration in determining fault so our advice would be to ensure you always drive with shoes on.
If you have certain shoes that cause discomfort or pain whilst driving then consider using alternative footwear for driving (Crocs included) as the law doesn’t take kindly to fashion excuses and/or wardrobe malfunctions.
Finally, next time you are in Kmart or Big W or Target, get yourself a pair of Dunlop volleys (for less than $20) – they are the best footwear ever and great for tennis too!
Call us today to discuss your legal dilemmas or shoe preferences on 02 8052 3322.
By Jeremy Maspero