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LOOKING GOOD Drivers warned summer clothes could land them £5,000 fine – how to avoid a payout

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YOUR summer wardrobe could land you a hefty £5,000 fine for driving in sweltering temperatures, motor experts have warned.

Motorists should be mindful of their seasonal style choices, as a particular piece of clothing could land you in hot water during the heatwave.

Temperatures will soar to a scorching high of 34C today but drivers will need to be on their toes or face a court visit.

Drivers who dress casually to catch some rays need to be careful when choosing their shoes, according to experts at Driver Hire Training.

Driving with flip-flops, bathing shoes or even walking barefoot can constitute a violation of the road traffic regulations.

Such summer shoes could get caught on the pedals or slip off and block the brakes.

High heels are another dangerous clothing choice that makes it difficult for a rider to pedal properly – stilettos could easily slip off, so a strict no-no is in the driver’s seat.

According to rule 97 of the Highway Code, clothing and shoes should not “prevent you from using the controls properly” and risk losing control of the car.

Richard Owen-Hughes, Marketing Director at Driver Hire Training, said: “Drivers should make a conscious choice to wear clothing and footwear that does not run the risk of endangering themselves or those around them.

“While it may be tempting to put on cooler shoes during the heatwave, we advise drivers to use alternative cooling systems in the vehicle to make the journey more comfortable and safer.”

Drivers who flout the dress code can be fined up to £5,000 or even banned from driving if they are found to be driving dangerously.

Violations of “negligent driving” or “driving without reasonable regard for other road users” can result in a fine, points on the driver’s license, a fine or even a driving ban, depending on the severity.

Fortunately, when drivers are overheating and feel like they need to kick off their socks and shoes, Driver Hire Training has provided their top tips for staying cool on the streets below.

Another fashion faux pas behind the wheel could catch motorists as temperatures soar for the summer.

If you forget your sunglasses you could end up in hot water driving in hot weather – you could be slapped with a £1,000 fine or three points on your driving licence.

Bright sunlight can cause intense glare on a car’s windshield, which can distort a driver’s view of the road.

You could quickly lose control of your vehicle or your visibility of the road and traffic ahead if you are dazzled by bright sun or bright reflections.

Wearing sunglasses allows motorists to take the negative effects of sunny weather into their own hands.

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