Every expert and experienced motorcyclist will tell you that you should never drive a motorbike in flip flops. Here is why this is vitally important.
Why you should never drive a motorbike in flip flops
Protective clothing helps to save motorcyclists lives. This includes wearing the correct footwear, which not only helps riders to get optimal control of their bikes but also helps to prevent personal injuries. Using their feet to balance on footrests, shift gears and operate their rear brakes, bikers ideally should wear boots that:
- Provide good arch support (to prevent aching feet during long rides)
- Toe protection (to prevent toe injuries and wearing through boots on the gear shift)
- Feature shin protectors (meaning they must also come up to at least mid-shin height)
The latter is particularly important, as motorbike accidents often involve bikers’ shins/legs hitting the handlebars. This type of accident causes both broken bones and haematomas.
Another reason you should never drive a motorbike in flip flops (or tennis shoes, for that matter) is the fact that doing so could cause serious damage to your feet in case of a biking accident. You can find some images (Warning: these explicit images may be distressing and require a strong stomach to view!) of the kind of foot injuries you could sustain wearing flip flops or tennis shoes when riding a bike on the internet. These terrifying images make the importance of wearing appropriate footwear when riding a bike more than clear.
Hurt in an accident
While protective clothing and footwear can minimise injuries, they cannot prevent motorcycling accidents, especially when they are caused by other road users. If you were injured in a motoring accident caused by another driver, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
Boasting over 15 years’ experience in dealing with motorbike accident claims, our advisors can:
- Answer any questions on how and when to make a claim for compensation
- Explain the basic claim process to you
- Assess your chance of successfully claiming
They will also give you the opportunity to enlist one of our highly trained, experienced in-house solicitors to support you.
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Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice