As the summer temperatures soar in Malta, many of us have been driving around in string vests and swimming shorts.
Some even opt to wear flip-flops for their journey down to the supermarket – or else go entirely bare foot.
But is this legal?
Being in a car as temperatures soar is especially difficult, but it’s important for drivers in Malta to be aware of how their choice of footwear can land you in trouble.
In fact, motorists wearing flip-flops could face fines or penalty points.
Flip flops can easily slip off, become wedged under pedals or prevent you from pressing the pedals with enough force to brake quickly, which could cause you to drive erratically or even lead to a crash.
According to the Highway Code, drivers must have ‘footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’.
Transport Malta‘s advice is that ‘suitable shoes are particularly important behind the wheel.
‘We would not recommend driving barefoot because you don’t have the same braking force with bare feet as you do with shoes on.’
Your shoes should:
• Have a sole no thicker than 10mm.
• The sole shouldn’t however be too thin or soft.
• Provide enough grip to stop your foot slipping off the pedals.
• Not be too heavy.
• Not limit ankle movement.
• Be narrow enough to avoid accidentally depressing two pedals at once.