Drivers caught wearing sandals behind the wheel warned they could face £5k fine

With temperatures soaring it might be tempting to drive in your summer shoes this week, but if you do you risk being fined thousands of pounds.

The Met Office's Greg Dewhurst has issued an “Extreme Heat” warning for the weekend ahead, with temperature exceeding 30C across England.

While it might be tempting to slip on a pair of sandals to keep cool when driving it just isn't worth the risk.

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Drivers should always be vigilant about what they’re wearing behind the wheel in case it lands them in trouble with the law.

We take a look at what the law says about suitable footwear when driving.

What the law says about driving with unsuitable footwear

The Highway Code is in place to keep us all safe on the roads. It applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for every road user.

Rule 97 of the Highway Code states: 'You should ensure that clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.'

Footwear such as high heels or boots can limit the movement of your ankles, while shoes with a thick platform sole can impact the use of pedals.

If a driver breaches rule 97 it could be classed as driving without due care and attention.

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What is the punishment for driving without due care and attention?

In many cases, driving without due care and attention will result in a fixed-penalty notice (FPN). This usually means three points on your driving licence and a £100 fine, although some police forces may offer a driver education course as an alternative.

If the offence is more serious you will be summoned to court and could face a maximum penalty of nine points on your licence and a £5,000 fine – or you may be disqualified from driving altogether.

The period of disqualification is up to the judge, and should reflect the seriousness of the offence.

So next time you think about slipping on a pair of sandals, think again.

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