Is driving barefoot illegal?
The easy answer here is no, it is not illegal to drive barefoot. However, as per many road rules in Australia a policeman can still fine you if they believe you are not in fully control of your vehicle.
Across Australia I have been unable to find any legislation explicitly forbidding driving barefoot or requiring you to cover your feet in some way. It is interesting to note that driving barefoot seems to be a uniquely Australian trait, despite us having hundreds of potentially deadly animals lurking by the sides of our roads.
The temptation is great, however, due to our hot climate and preference for wearing thongs to keep cool or for convenience after finishing at the beach.
Loose-fitting footwear like thongs (flip-flops) can easily be caught up underneath the pedals, causing people to lose control of their car with disastrous effect. This is why many driving instructors prefer people to drive barefoot over loose-fitting shoes, or even high-heels.
We also have not been able to find any reference to driving barefoot being an exclusion in comprehensive insurance policies, though we recommend checking the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for the full list of exclusions that apply to the product you have purchased.
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