12 million women are putting lives as risk by wearing inappropriate footwear whilst driving, according to new survey by car insurer Sheila’s Wheels.
80% of those questionned admitted to wearing inappropriate shoes while driving. 66% said they preferred to wear high heels at the wheel where as 33% admitted to wearing flip flops. Some also admitted that they had driven barefoot in the past. 10% attributed a previous accident or a near miss to their footwear and only 17% said that they kept a spare pair of driving shoes in the car. 23% said they would not swap their shoes to drive in, even if it were safer.
With it only taking a few seconds to slip on and off a different pair of shoes, it is disappointing that few women are putting their safety ahead of style. Reading this post in conjunction with the previous ‘what women want…’ post starts to build a picture of the importance of style over other important considerations such as safety. Design that recognises this issue (i.e. the collapsable heel shoe) is welcomed although attitude change around these types of issues is also needed.
(Source: Daily Mail online 14th June 2007)