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2012-03-26 13:05

DODGY IN-CAR BEHAVIOUR: A survey found that 40% of female respondents wore high heels while driving and that 15% of male drivers shave while driving on the way to work.

Experts are calling for women drivers to stop using "hazardous" footwear while behind the wheel.

Road safety charity Brake is appealing for high-heel lovers not to drive while wearing stilettos, steep wedges or platform shoes.

Brake's deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "It is deeply worrying that many drivers have such little regard for their own and others' safety that they wear unsuitable footwear. Driving is a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously."


A survery released by comparison website Confused.com showed 40% of females drove while wearing high heels. The survey also found that about 40% of women wore flip-flops while at the wheel and 24% drove barefoot.

Only 34% claimed they always wore sensible shoes.

Apparently men also take chances with footwear behind the wheel. The survery said 27% wore flip-flops and 22% went barefoot while overall, 57% of men claimed the drove in "sensible shoes".

Confused.com's head of car insurance, Gareth Kloet, said: "Wearing inappropriate footwear could cause the driver to lose control of the car. We'd recommend keeping a pair of suitable shoes in your car to prevent any crashes."

The survey found that 10% of women applied make-up at the wheel and 15% of men shaved while driving.

Townsend commented: "We all live hectic lives and people often feel cocooned in their vehicle but we need to bear in mind that a lapse of concentration at the wheel can lead to needless tragedy."

And to think everybody is worried about cellphones....

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