How much is the fine for driving in flip flops or heels?

Drive with a unsuitable footwear It is one of the great risks when it comes to getting behind the wheel, and it is a behavior that increases considerably on vacation, since many drivers are tempted to move around in flip-flops and even barefoot on short summer trips.

Half a million drivers drive barefoot on many occasions and some 800,000 say they habitually get behind the wheel wearing flip-flops, according to the report on the use of footwear while driving prepared by Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE), which includes a survey of more than a thousand drivers.

More than 30% of those surveyed claim to have driven on some occasion with inappropriate footwear (flip-flops, hiking boots, high heels, barefoot …). It also stands out that 3% of the drivers surveyed acknowledge driving with flip flops on many or many occasions, and that 2% say they drive barefoot habitually.

Driving and footwear

Likewise, 7% acknowledge having ever driven without any type of foot protection (barefoot), thus putting their safety and that of other road users at risk.

For women, shoes with platforms (38%) and high heel shoes (36%) occupy the first positions. The study also reveals that the vast majority of drivers are aware of the danger of driving with inappropriate footwear, and the majority (83%) think that they may be fined for doing so.


As the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), in our General Traffic Regulations (RGC) they do not exist specific rules on footwear when driving, and driving with a specific type of footwear (flip-flops, for example) is not punishable in itself,

But if an agent of the authority understands that said footwear affects driving safety (it does not allow to operate the pedals well, for example) this conduct may be punishable, with an amount of up to 80 euros.

There are several articles of the RGC that refer to the obligation of the driver to guarantee freedom of movement in the vehicle and avoid interference in safe driving:

– Article 3.1: refers to the way of driving, with the diligence and caution necessary to avoid any damage, own or others.

– Article 18.1: refers to the obligation of the driver to maintain his own freedom of movement, the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving; and you must maintain the proper position.

– Article 17.1: states that drivers must be in a position to control their vehicle at all times.

Driving with flip flops

At the wheel, ‘anti-risk’ footwear

The Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE) advises to use suitable footwear while driving to avoid any risk of accident, with these five general recommendations for all drivers:

1. Always use a shoe that is well attached to the foot while riding, which allows the force to be transmitted correctly to the pedals and prevents you from slipping.

2. A suitable footwear is one that:

don’t slip of the pedals

– provide a good adherence between foot and pedals

– dont have elements susceptible to snagging on vehicle coatings

not too big and not too heavyso that two pedals are not accidentally pressed at the same time.

3. There are products labeled by manufacturers as particularly suitable for driving (non-slip soles, tight or self-closing laces, flexible materials, etc.).

Four. Do not apply too much force so as not to get caught in the car linings, or to step on two pedals at the same time.

5. If you are going to need specific footwear that is not the most suitable for driving, such as flip-flops, high heels or hiking boots, take it in a bag in the trunk, never in the passenger compartment, and drive with footwear more suitable for driving.