You might be someone who likes to drive with sandals or no shoes at all. When it's warm in the spring and summer, people wear shoes that are easy to kick off. As tempting as it may be to take those shoes off to drive barefoot, it could be very dangerous but is it illegal in Illinois?

After leaving the pool, or beach, or getting off a boat, sometimes I like to drive home barefoot, especially if I forget to pack regular shoes. Every time I do that, it gets me thinking wondering if I'm breaking Illinois law. The answer may surprise you.

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Wear Shoes While You Drive

When you have shoes that easily slip off, it's tempting to take them off and drive with the little piggies out. You need to wear shoes and it could be very dangerous if you don't wear them, especially while driving in Illinois.

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loading... lists many reasons why you should wear shoes while driving in Illinois.

  • You can’t apply the same amount of force when you brake or accelerate.
  • Bare feet can slide off the pedals more easily, especially if your feet are wet from a pool or the beach.
  • Driving without shoes could be distracting if you step on something sharp or stub your toes

I Like To Drive Barefoot

It may be more comfortable, but it's not the safest. If you like driving barefoot because it makes you think you're a better driver, I bet you're really good at texting and driving, right?

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Let's say you are a really good barefoot driver. What happens when you get into an accident? Or, your shoes try to betray you and slip under the brake pedal? Here are a few more good points as to why you should wear shoes while driving:

  • If you leave the shoes near your feet as the driver, the shoes could get stuck under the brake pedal which could be very dangerous, if not deadly.
  • If you get into an accident, you could severely hurt your feet from broken glass.
  • You'll be that person stinking up the car with your dirty feet.
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Is It Illegal To Drive Barefoot In Illinois?

If I really haven't convinced you to wear shoes while driving, then I should just give you the answer you want to hear.

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No Illinois law prohibits you from driving barefoot. According to, it is legal to drive barefoot in Illinois. But remember, it is unsafe.

Don't be stinking up the car, Illinois. And don't put others' lives in danger. Put on the shoes, remember to pack shoes, and get to your destination as safely as possible.

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