Although different investigations show that driving with heels can interfere with the safety of driving, and even though many women do not feel comfortable behind the wheel with these types of shoes, others defend tooth and nail the use of this type of model to drive.
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In most countries, no law prohibits it. However, it is essential to be clear about the risks to know why it is considered that this may be a dangerous practice.
Driving in heels is risky because.
- The heels can catch on the car mats, causing our feet to get stuck, which can cause an accident.
- Most models of this type provide incredible stiffness to the foot, making our movements much slower and less agile. This, in short, is not suitable for safe driving.
- The sole of this type of shoe is usually not conducive to driving as it does not slip-resistant, and in most cases, it does not adhere well to the pedals.
- Skinny heels reduce stability to the foot, which can compromise safety when driving.
- This type of shoe, due to its anatomy and rigidity, can produce tension and muscle loads while driving, which in addition to causing pain, can affect our health and our efficiency behind the wheel.
Nobody says that we cannot wear heels every time we want. Still, comfortable shoes are recommended when driving, so carrying a spare in the car is an excellent idea when we want to go out with this model without risking safety at the wheel.
If, despite all the recommendations, you decide to continue using this model of shoes when you go behind the wheel, then it will be essential to take into account some suggestions for driving with heels that help you stay safe. Choosing the right shoes is vital to reduce the danger of this activity, instead:
- Opt for heels that are not too high, because the higher, the stiffer our foot will be when driving. Wedge shoes or platforms could be an excellent solution to ensure greater driving efficiency.
- Avoid very thin or stiletto heels, because the thinner, the less stable your foot will be on the pedals. Better choose thick heels, which will provide greater stability.
- Heels that are too pointed are also not recommended, as this will make driving very difficult.
- You must look at the sole of your heels and the grip they provide. If the shoes have a very slippery sole, for safety, it is better not to use them.
- If the mats of your car are old and battered, it is best not to drive with heels directly. The possibility of the heel catching on this piece is very high, causing a severe accident.
- If you do not feel comfortable walking with this model of shoes, you mustn’t drive with them either, as you could cause an accident or have an unpleasant scare.
You already know the risks of driving with heels and which models to choose to do it more safely, but are these the ideal solutions? No, the perfect solution is to have a model of footwear in the car that is comfortable and suitable for driving and that you can use when you want to wear a pair of heels but do not want to risk driving with them.
In this case, it would be advisable to have a closed shoe that has an anti-slip sole, or that adheres well to the pedals, that is flexible to allow movements, and that perfectly supports your feet, in this way, you do not run the risk that they come off sticking with the pedal.
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Girls usually have one or another piece of clothing in the car just in case, so having extra shoes that are comfortable and suitable for driving does not represent a great effort, especially when it comes to your safety.
Now that you know everything about driving with heels, you may be interested in knowing some tips to drive with greater safety, so we invite you to read our article on how to drive safely with keys that will help you drive effectively and safely.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff