Let Your Foot Flag Fly: The Official Ruling on Driving Barefoot

Is shoeless chauffeuring punishable by law?

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TRUE OR FALSE? It is illegal to drive barefoot in the state of California.

FALSE. Turns out any laws prohibiting naked feet in a moving vehicle are stuff of myth. Shoeless driving is not only completely legal in California, but all over the country. In the Golden State, you can even ride a motorcycle barefoot (although, we should note that big toes support about 40 percent of your weight, so losing them in a crash could affect your balance—just sayin’).

Though there are no federal or state laws against ditching those flip-flops, barefoot drivers may be charged with reckless driving if law enforcement believes that the absence of shoes caused an accident.

So, go ahead and free those feet, but, as always, remember to stay safe.

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