Is it illegal to drive barefoot in New York State?


I hate wearing shoes, sneakers or just about anything that is considered shoes. Yes I know. It seems a little weird. Well, my feet heat up quickly and although I tolerate wearing socks, the shoes come off as soon as I can get away with it.

As soon as I get home, take off the shoes and socks. I’ll wear slippers if I walk around, but otherwise, let your feet breathe! At work, my colleagues are used to seeing me take off my shoes when I walk into my office. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’m not going to stop. Yes, I change my socks regularly.

I even went so far as to drive my vehicle with slippers, or sometimes with only socks, and even sometimes barefoot, even though it had been a long time since I had done that.

The question that arises is: is it illegal to drive a motor vehicle barefoot? Well, according to the Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP website, it’s not illegal to drive barefoot in New York State. You cannot be fined in New York State for driving without anything on your feet. It is also the same law in Pennsylvania.

But, and there is always a “but” in these cases, it is not recommended. Law firm RWHW says road safety experts say the shoes distribute your weight better when you step on the pedal. And the grip is better too. It should be obvious. And backless shoes are also not recommended when driving a motor vehicle, as they can easily slip off.

Law firm RWHM notes that if you have an accident with another vehicle while driving barefoot, the motorist’s lawyer or insurance company could use that against you. This is something you don’t want to have to deal with in court. Be careful and wear appropriate footwear when driving. I will try to do the same.

[via Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP]

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