Can You Drive in Summer Sandals or Flip-Flops? Here’s What the Law Says

As summer has finally arrived in France and the intense heat is starting to be felt, it is normal to swap our closed shoes and sneakers for pretty summer sandals or flip-flops. But do you know what the law and the Highway Code say about driving in flip-flops? We tell you everything!

When we think of summer, we think of the sun, aperitifs with friends or family, the heat, the beach, the good weather, but also the little summer outfits that we enjoy wearing during this period. And while the first warm weather finally arrives in France after a lackluster June, we are already thinking about getting our flip-flops and sandals out of our closets and showing off our best pedicure of the summer! But if you can already see yourself there, have you ever wondered if driving in open shoes, whether flip-flops or sandals, is allowed?

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The Highway Code has many specificities that we tend to forget or put aside over time, yet it is in this small book that is mandatory for all motorists that you will find the answer to this question. So if you want to know more and check that you are not breaking the law when you decide to take out your open shoes when you have to drive, follow the guide!

Is it legal to drive in flip-flops or sandals in France?

On paper, that is to say in the Highway Code, no text clearly indicates that it is forbidden to drive in flip-flops, the article of law which could be closest to answering this question is article R412-6 which indicates that “Every driver must be constantly in a condition and position to carry out conveniently and without delay all the maneuvers incumbent upon him.” In fact, it is the police who benefit from their freedom of judgment on the shoes we wear.

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Indeed, they are the ones who will have to judge whether wearing flip-flops poses a danger to your driving. If the police officer considers that your shoes are not suitable and make it difficult to press the car’s pedals, he will be able to fine you. A fine that falls under the second class fixed fine, the amount of which is set at 35 euros and then revised to 22 euros if the fine is paid immediately. If he deems it necessary, the police officer may go so far as to immobilize your vehicle until you can change your shoes or someone else takes the wheel. The only good point is that no points are taken off for this fine.

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Law and practice: safety first

While the Highway Code does not prohibit driving in flip-flops, it remains that in practice it is strongly discouraged. Especially if you have to make long journeys, in this case it is preferable to wear suitable shoes that can hold your foot properly. And if you decide to drive barefoot thinking that you are avoiding the risk of getting your flip-flop stuck in the pedal, know that the idea is not good either. Barefoot you have less resistance and force at the brake pedal if something happens.

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