Is It Against the Law to Drive Barefoot in California?

October 19th, 2018 by

Food On Pedal

It gets toasty in Southern California, and that’s why it’s tempting to drive around Laguna Beach barefoot. But is it illegal to drive without shoes? Nope! It is not illegal! Put differently, it is perfectly legal to drive barefoot in California, and it’s perfectly legal to drive barefoot in any other state. So, driving barefoot is legal in all 50 states. But is it a good idea? Is it safe? Learn more below.

Is Driving Without Shoes Safe?

You may get kicked out of the Laguna Art Museum for not wearing shoes, but you can drive barefoot from San Juan Capistrano to get there. And it may be enticing to feel your bare foot on the gas or brakes, but that enticing feeling can pose risks. Here are a few reasons why driving barefoot may be unsafe:

  • If you discard your socks or shoes while driving down I-5, your footwear could get caught under the gas pedal or brake pedal. If these objects get caught under the gas pedal or brake pedal, your chances of getting into an accident increase.
  • While Jaguar vehicles offer plenty of active safety features, accidents still occur. If an accident occurs around Laguna Beach, police can surmise that driving barefoot contributed to the accident. In this instance, you can be ticketed for reckless driving.
  • You may have spilled your morning coffee or your bottled water on your way to work. Or there may just be other fluids near the pedal. Either way, fluids near the gas and brake pedals increase the likelihood for your foot to slip. And, as Irvine drivers know, a slippery foot is a risky automotive proposition.

Keep in mind that you’re not the only one out there on the roads. You’re driving with others. Keep these safety considerations in full view before stepping into your Jaguar without footwear.

Explore Southern California Driving Tips, Tricks, and Laws from Jaguar Mission Viejo!

So, Jaguar Mission Viejo has filled you in: Driving barefoot is legal in California. And although driving without shoes may seem like a silly concern, driving barefoot actually poses safety questions worth thinking about. So, next time you’re headed to your favorite grill in Mission Viejo or hiking trail in Laguna Beach, be mindful of driving laws. You can rely on your friends at Jaguar Mission Viejo for the latest automotive news and local points of interest like the San Juan Capistrano Mission – and you can stay up to date by contacting us today for more. And while you’re here, see our guide to keeping the leather seats in your Jaguar vehicle looking as clean as ever.


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