High heels could mar joy ride!
Wearing high heels, stilettos and flip-flops while driving could hamper women's ability to drive safely, says a study.health and fitness Updated: Jun 16, 2007 15:12 IST
Inconvenience of wearing high heels has so far been restricted only to difficulty in walking on an uneven stretch or soreness, but a new study has revealed that high heels are also making driving dangerous for over 12 million women.
The study called stilettos an ‘inappropriate footwear’ for driving and said that women are actually risking their lives by driving in heels.
The survey conducted by women's car insurance concern Sheilas’ Wheels revealed that almost 80 per cent of female motorists wear improper footwear while driving.
Sixty-six per cent admitted that they chose to wear high heels at the wheel, and 18 per cent said they did not wear shoes at all.
Ten per cent said they have met with an accident or almost averted a mishap because of their footwear, and 17 per centt of the female motorists kept a pair of shoes in their vehicle to change while driving.
However, only 23 per cent wanted to switch to shoes while driving, though they they knew it was safer. Almost 65 per cent said that they need better guidelines for appropriate footwear.
Dianne Ferreira, of the road safety charity Brake, said: that high heels and flip-flops can really weigh down a person’s ability to drive. "High heels, platforms and flip-flops can seriously hamper your ability to drive safely, and could have fatal consequences. It only takes a few seconds to change your shoes before each journey to help ensure you arrive safely," the Daily Mail quoted her, as saying.