If you're thinking of driving in a sparkly number this festive season, you may want to reconsider.
This winter, drivers could face a £5,000 fine if they are caught wearing clothing that 'distracts other drivers'.
National Tyres and Autocare's motoring experts have issued several warnings for those taking to the roads this Christmas.
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While not technically against the law, failing to wear the correct footwear while behind the wheel breaches Rule 97 of the Highway Code and could be classed as driving without due care and attention.
The Highway Code states: “You should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in any manner.”
Footwear such as high heels or boots can limit the movement of your ankles; shoes with a thick platform sole can impact the use of pedals, especially your vehicle’s clutch. Inflatable fancy dress costumes are extremely popular, but trying to drive in one can seriously affect your visibility and your ability to handle your vehicle’s steering wheel, gear stick and other controls, reports the M.E.N.
Failure to have proper control of your vehicle could lead to a maximum fine of £5,000 and/or a discretionary disqualification and nine points on your licence.
Michael Bourne, Group Marketing Director at National Tyres and Autocare says “Driving in outfits that impact your driving ability could cause an accident. Any piece of clothing that impairs your vision or prevents you from using the car's controls, could lead to a £5K fine and potentially three points on your licence.”
Brits are also warned to take care in their outfit choice as costumes or anything that can be deemed distracting to other drivers, for example, a Santa outfit or sparkly clothing can be classed as ‘careless and inconsiderate driving’ according to The Highway Code.
If your outfit is deemed as careless or inconsiderate, it could lead to an unlimited fine and/or a discretionary disqualification and 3 - 9 points on your licence.
Michael added: “We recommend making sure your outfit doesn’t impact your driving ability as well as others, and if it does, take your outfit to the venue and then get changed there.”
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