Driving Barefoot in California: Separating Fact from Fiction

Lisa Mailhot  |  January 15, 2024


Driving Barefoot in California: Separating Fact from Fiction


Have you ever questioned whether it's illegal to drive barefoot in California? It's a curious thought that has crossed the minds of many, including our reader, Daniel A. Schary, from Lakewood. In a recent inquiry, Daniel asked about the legality of driving without shoes or sandals in the Golden State. It's a topic that has sparked confusion and debate among drivers. Is it against the law or simply a common misconception? Let's dive into the facts and dispel any myths surrounding this unusual driving question.

According to the California Highway Patrol, driving barefoot is perfectly legal in the state of California. There are no laws that require drivers to wear anything on their feet while operating a vehicle. It's a straightforward answer that may surprise some.


In the past, there may have been rumors or misunderstandings about the legality of driving barefoot, but Sergio Rivera, an officer and spokesman for the California Highway Patrol confirms that there has never been a law against it. So, if you've ever wondered whether you can hop into your car barefoot after a day at the beach, the answer is a resounding yes.

While this might not be the most common topic in the world of real estate and homeownership, it's always helpful to stay informed about local laws and regulations, especially when you're driving in Orange County. As a realtor, knowing quirky driving rules like this can make you a valuable resource for your clients.


Remember this blog post the next time you find yourself contemplating whether it's legal to drive without shoes or sandals in California. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that there are no laws against it, so feel free to kick off your shoes and enjoy a comfortable drive.

If you're looking to make a move to Orange County or have any questions about the local real estate market, let's connect. The perfect home you've been dreaming of could be right within reach.


Reference: "Ever heard that it is illegal to drive barefoot?" by Jim Radcliffe, Published on January 12, 2024

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