kensington ugg Women drivers told to ditch Ugg boots and Hunter wellies when behind the wheel to prevent accidents caused by feet slipping from pedals
Dangerous driving: Assistant headteacher Vera Baxter caused a head on car crash after her Ugg boot became trapped under her brake pedal
The heavy duty rubber and thick shape of wellingtons allow less room for manoeuvre, making them one of the least practical options for driving this winter.
‘If your boots or shoes don’t let you move freely, switch to a pair that allows you complete control over your driving, and your vehicle, at all times.’
Last October a teacher wearing Ugg boots caused a head on collision when one of her shoes became trapped under a brake pedal.
Assistant headteacher Vera Baxter, 49, was unable to slow her VW Golf down because her footwear had become snagged on the pedal and she took evasive action to avoid hitting cars in front.
However, she veered into the path of a Mercedes being driven by Jason Hoang, 33, in Manchester city centre.
She had also caused a police patrol car to swerve out of her way just moments before hitting the car of Mr Hoang from Middlewich, Cheshire.
Baxter was arrested and charged with dangerous driving after being treated for cracked ribs and internal bruising. Mr Hoang suffered from whiplash.
After the crash, Baxter tore her boot away from the pedal and crawled free from the wreckage.
She was banned from driving for four months and fined 350.
She said: ‘My Ugg boot got trapped at the traffic lights.
‘I suppose it was a freak accident as I put my boot across the prong of the pedal it caught in the seams.
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