When it gets hot outside, sandals and flip-flops tend to be the shoe of choice. When you're driving on a hot day, it's easy to kick those bad boys off and drive with your little piggies out. While it may be dangerous to do that, the question remains, is it illegal in Iowa?

Sure, I like to drive home barefoot, especially if I forget to pack regular shoes before going to the pool or beach. Every time I do that, it gets me thinking wondering if I'm breaking the state of Iowa law. But how would the police know I'm not wearing shoes?!

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Just Wear Shoes While You're Driving

It's tempting to take your shoes off and drive when they are easy to kick off. You need to wear your shoes and it could be very dangerous if you don't wear them, especially if you get into a crash.

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BankRate.com lists many reasons why you should wear shoes while driving in Iowa.

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

It's My Favorite Way To Drive

Sure, whatever, 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 Iowa?

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


No Iowa law prohibits you from driving barefoot. According to According to MetroMile.com, it is legal to drive barefoot in the Hawkeye state but it is deemed unsafe.

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Don't be stinking up the car, Iowa. 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.

Quad Cities Closed Eateries

The pandemic has hit businesses hard. So hard that some of them have closed during the course of the pandemic. These are Quad Cities restaurants that are no longer open.

Craft Breweries in the Quad Cities Area

We're very lucky to live in an area with such an amazing, thriving "craft beer scene". You'll be able to find everything you could want.

Not sure what you want? That's ok. The bartenders at these establishments are very well versed and can guide you through a wonderland of Ales and Lagers.

From "coffee infused" to "riff infused".

From "pale ales" to "peanut butter porters".

Fruity, Sour, Hoppy, Malty, Crisp, Crushable beers in all shapes and sizes.

Crowlers, Growlers, Cans & Kegs...the Quad Cities Craft Beer scene has it all.

And of course...a great beer isn't complete unless it's paired with some amazing food. Whether it's made in the breweries kitchen or in the food truck in the parking lot...brewers know that people love food with their beer. 

Take a look at the 19 Quad Cities Area craft breweries!

Your New Vacation Destination! This Camping Resort is Perfect for the Family

Timber Lake Resort was established in 1955 in historic Mount Carroll, IL.

It was rebuilt in 2003 with all new facilities and a renewed spirit of hospitality.

Gallery Credit: Bill Stage