“The wrong footwear can cause car accidents!” says car insurer selling specialist footwear

Car accidents – they can be hilarious, can’t they? Especially when caused by something relatively and surprisingly mundane:

Flip flops caused my car crash – a quarter of drivers blame footwear for motoring mishap in survey

One in three road users get behind the wheel in flip flops and a study shows they are more dangerous than driving in high heels

One in three drivers get behind the wheel in flip flops – a shoe which appears to cause 1.4 million road accidents or near misses every year.

In a poll, 27% of drivers admitted driving in flip flops had caused a mishap, and 11% said the shoe had got stuck under pedals.

Source: Mirror, 18th August 2013

Flip flops are more dangerous to drive in than heels and one in 10 of us has had a near miss while wearing them

They may be ideal footwear for summer, but the next time you think about driving in flip-flops it might be wise to kick the idea into touch.

For flip-flops are apparently responsible for up to 1.4million near misses or accidents on the roads every year, with one in nine motorists getting one stuck under a pedal, a study reveals.

Research shows that for women they are even more dangerous to drive in than high heels, as they make it more difficult to brake effectively.

Source: Daily Mail, 19 August 2013

Are flip flops really responsible for 1.4 million accidents annually? Or is this little more than a quirky headline for an insurance company looking to advertise their attention-grabbing specialist footwear? I’ll let Jacky Brown from Sheila’s Wheels Car Insurance answer that:

Jacky Brown, of Sheilas’ Wheels, said: ‘It’s worrying that so many drivers out there do not realise the impact their footwear choices can have on their safety at the wheel.

‘Millions may think they can drive safely but may not realise the shortcomings of the flip-flop until it’s too late – putting themselves, their passengers and other drivers at risk every time they get in the car. 

‘Our Sheilas’ shoe design could provide drivers with the ultimate fashion accessory for the car and handbag this summer – allowing women to be both stylish and safe whilst driving.’