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Man Accidentally Crashes Into Parent's Home Because He Was Wearing Thongs

Man Accidentally Crashes Into Parent's Home Because He Was Wearing Thongs

Thongs are as Australian as sunnies, zinc on your nose, footy shorts and a plate full of BBQ meat and Vegemite.

For those who are wondering why we're talking about underwear, please understand that thongs in Australia are the same as flip flops or, god forbid, sandals.

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Some people think thongs are appropriate footwear for any occasion, from hitting the beach to walking down the aisle.

Credit: c.a.s.e.y/Creative Commons
Credit: c.a.s.e.y/Creative Commons

While there aren't usually any restrictions about wearing these bad boys, they can sometimes get in the way.

But you don't have to tell that to a Perth man who has caused a bit of damage to his parent's home. According to Perth Now, the bloke was in his car at Benelli Place in Alexander Heights in Perth's north when his foot slipped off the brake and went onto the accelerator.

The site alleges his thong was to blame for the incident, which saw his car rocket towards the house with enough speed to crash through the brick wall.

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Thankfully no one was injured in the crash but it's a timely reminder to be careful when you're wearing thongs and operating heavy machinery.

Credit: 7News Perth
Credit: 7News Perth

GoGet says that while you won't be fined or locked up for wearing thongs, you're better off just chucking them somewhere while you're driving.

"Thongs don't have a lot of grip, and with your foot floating around on top, they don't give you good traction on the pedals.

"There're lots of stories about thongs getting caught under pedals, which can restrict the movement of your feet and cause serious, potentially dangerous accidents," GoGet state.

Credit: 7News Perth
Credit: 7News Perth

"It's almost always a better idea to drive barefoot. Without shoes you won't get anything stuck under the pedals, and you'll have better control over the car than you would in any non-heeled sandals, including slides.

"We recommend removing the thongs or sandals and storing them in the passenger foot well while you're driving."

The only state or territory that makes a reference to footwear is the Australian Capital Territory (oh bless the ACT), where the Road Transport Authority Driving Instructor Code Of Practice says: "The instructor should have a neat and tidy appearance, including safe and practical clothing and footwear (e.g. no thongs)."

Again, that still doesn't make it illegal but is more of a suggestion.

It's not even illegal to ride a motorbike in thongs even though the risk of absolutely obliterating your feet in a motorcycle crash is unbelievably high.

Featured Image Credit: 7News Perth

Topics: Community, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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