The fanatical “hypermilers” have their own school of thought in terms of driving. One of these that stands out is driving barefoot.
Every experienced driver knows that one way to improve fuel efficiency is to accelerate gently or even as little as possible. Accelerating burns more fuel and thus, hypermilers believe that if they can control acceleration by driving barefoot, then they can squeeze more miles out of fuel.
On the other hand, there are those who disagree that driving without shoes gives one better control of the car. In fact, they have termed this practice as illegal and should not be practiced at all.
Based on observation, the school of thought that hypermilers promotes sometimes go against common sense and for some illegal.
Aside from driving with bare feet, some hypermilers also practice engine-off coasting or even gliding above the speed limit (which is illegal) just to save on fuel.
Regarding driving in bare feet, the fact is in the United States there is no law banning people from driving without footwear. In other words, even if it is uncommon, there is nothing illegal about driving in bare feet. While slippers or high heels can be blamed for driving poorly, bare feet can actually simplify pedal use.
Thus, it is a matter of preference as to whether one would like to drive barefoot or not and the plain truth is, it is not illegal to do so.
But if you would like to know more about the relevance of footwear in accidents and how you can protect yourself against this, do contact a car accident lawyer.