For ladies, sooner or later an occasion will occur where you’ll have to know how to drive in high heels.
Unlike the usual type of footwear, high heels are somewhat considered more impractical for driving.
But it doesn’t really have to be that way if you have a couple of things in mind.
We’ll show you these tips here and hopefully, they will help you.
If you’re not in the mood for reading, you can watch a video on the same topic at the end of the article. This video is provided by the YouTube channel Danka Praktik, click here to see it.
WHY IS DRIVING IN HIGH HEELS SO PROBLEMATIC?
Just a few words about what the actual problem is. It is foot support.
While driving, your feet need good support to be able to press the brake and accelerator pedals and the clutch in case of a stick shift.
This is a key factor for reaction on time when driving and thus safety on the road.
When in high heels, this support weakens and you’re in danger of not pressing the pedals properly, your foot getting stuck in the pedals or even the foot slipping off.
This inevitably leads to a loss of control over the car.
You should have this in mind every time you drive in high heels. It’s sort of a more risky situation and goes side by side with driving in flip-flops for instance.
HOW TO DRIVE IN HIGH HEELS?
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF HIGH HEELS
The first and best way to drive in high heels is to choose the right kind of shoes or sandals.
Preferably choose shoes or sandals with thicker and shorter heels.
It will provide good support and give much more foot maneuverability.
Yes, it is possible to drive with a thinner and higher heel but honestly, it’s much riskier as there’s much less support
2. PROPERLY POSITION THE FOOT
One more important thing is to properly position the foot when driving in high heels.
Put the heel down on the floor in such a way that you have good support but also be able to position the front of the foot on the pedal properly.
This way, when you press the pedal there’s less chance that the foot will slip off it.
This is especially important when driving a stick shift for instance as the clutch pedal is frequently pressed.
If the shoe or sandal is open at the toes, watch out that the pedal doesn’t get stuck between your toes and the shoe.
3. USE THE HEEL AS A SWINGING POINT
Once you’ve positioned the heel this way, you’ll see that you can conveniently use the heel for swinging the foot backward and forwards.
This is very convenient not only for driving but keeping the foot rested and under less strain.
This comes in very handy for longer drives.
4. WATCH THE FLOOR MATS
Always pay attention that you don’t accidentally push the floor mats with the heels or shoe under the pedals.
If the floormats aren’t attached to the floor they can slip and get tangled into the pedals and jam them.
This goes double in urban/city driving when the pedals are pressed much more frequently.
If you see that the floor mat is causing problems and you have to tuck it back all the time, best remove it completely, this is better than causing an accident.
5. MAKE SURE THAT THE SOLES ARE DRY
Whatever kind of shoes you’re wearing make sure the soles aren’t wet or muddy. If they are, the foot will surely slip off the pedal.
This goes double for high heels. Not so much for the heel as for the front of the shoe.
Since the front part of the foot and shoe is positioned somewhat higher and less opposed to the pedal, if the sole is wet it will slip almost for sure.
If all of these tips don’t help in learning how to drive in high heels, and you still have to drive then there’s one last resort.
Drive barefoot or in your socks. Yes, it may not be hygienic or may feel awkward, but it’s better than causing an accident.
But perhaps the best solution we can offer at the end of this video is to have a pair of spare shoes, sneakers, or sandals with a flat sole in the car.
Put them on when driving and once you arrive at your destination, put the high heels back on.
Again, it may be a bit more complicated but it’s better than causing an accident.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com
HOW TO DRIVE IN HIGH HEELS? YOUTUBE VIDEO