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UK Drivers Can Be Fined £5,000 For Wearing Baggy Jeans Or Long Dresses

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UK Drivers Can Be Fined £5,000 For Wearing Baggy Jeans Or Long Dresses

UK drivers who get behind the wheel wearing baggy jeans, a long skirt or a dress, or the wrong choice of footwear could be running the risk of a £5,000 fine if they're pulled over by the police.

So, whether you are just heading out to the shops, or taking a seven-hour round trip, you'd better think on before you leave to avoid the potential for an expensive journey.

It's not just a fine, either. You could receive points on your licence, too.

If caught you'll get a £100 fine and three points on the spot, but if it goes to court the maximum penalties are £5,000, nine penalty points, and even potentially a driving ban.

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So, with that in mind, let's have a look at what you shouldn't wear in the car, as identified by car finance folks carmoney.co.uk.

As rule 97 of the Highway Code states: "The clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner."

No driving in these, that's for sure. Credit: Pexels
No driving in these, that's for sure. Credit: Pexels

First up are long skirts and dresses. While they look nice, and are comfy, they could get caught up around the pedals and restrict how safely you can drive.

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That means that if you're pulled wearing one of those, the coppers might decide to issue a penalty.

The same goes for very baggy jeans. It doesn't matter if you're high-tailing it back to a Limp Bizkit concert in 1998 or not, it's still a no-go.

In terms of footwear, it should actually be fairly simple to grasp.

High heels are out of the question. There's too much going on with the pedals to be riding about with stiletto heels on.

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Even wedges might cause a problem. Just bring a spare pair of shoes, if the occasion demands.

High heels are right out. Credit: Pexels
High heels are right out. Credit: Pexels

Flip-flops and sliders are also out. However, outside of the fact that they are quite flimsy, the law states that any shoe with a sole less than 10mm in thickness is unsafe and therefore punishable with a fine.

If you have just woken up, or have to go out late, there's no excuse for wearing your slippers, either.

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Slippers that are open-backed and fall afoul of that 10mm thickness rule could see you slapped with a heavy price to pay.

What's more, you shouldn't really be cutting about outside your house with a pair of slippers on, anyway. It's not a great look, is it?

Pack the extra baggy jeans away unless you're asking for trouble. Credit: Pexels
Pack the extra baggy jeans away unless you're asking for trouble. Credit: Pexels

At the other end of the scale, huge chunky boots could impair your ability to drive, and are also considered unsafe.

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Moving from the bottom to the top, take care when driving with sunglasses on, too. They might be too dark to drive in, and the frames could mean that your peripheral vision is obscured, too.

So, think on before you head out in the car, and follow the rules, it could save you a decent chunk of cash.

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Topics: Police, UK News, Money, Interesting, crime, Cars

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