It’s fun . . .
. . . comfortable
. . . offers greater pedal control
. . . avoids hazards associated with high heels and slippery soled shoes
What does the law say about driving barefoot?
Law and Daily Life article states it clearly: “Is it illegal to drive barefoot? …The short answer is no.”
Ask.com states: “It is not illegal to drive a car while barefooted in any state in the United States.”
Traffic ticket urban legends in Edmonds.com explains (under Myth #4): “There is no state that regulates proper footwear for operating a motor vehicle, with the exception of Alabama, where it is prohibited to drive a motorcycle while barefoot.”
TV News report on the law and driving barefoot.
Research article with similar information.
Missouri Highway Patrol article – Notes the legality of driving barefoot. The article also accurately explains, “…at times, it may even be safer to drive without shoes.”
Does driving barefoot come with benefits?
Sure! . . .
More control: Barefoot driving offers fuller sensory feedback and more precise pedal control.
Better control: Ever try steering a car while wearing thick, stiff mittens? Maybe possible, but not ideal! A shoe creates the same problem. And high heels and loose fitting shoes can really interfere with safe driving.
Cleaner control: Ever have a shoe pick up grease, dirt or even a pebble, causing it to slip on the pedal? A barefoot driver will feel these impediments and brush them off before driving.
Oh, and did we mention: it’s fun and much more comfortable.
Helpful note: Just make sure you toss any footwear (assuming you brought any) into the backseat area–so it doesn’t get stuck under the pedals.