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  1. #1
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    Default Studs in wading boots and driving

    Hi all,

    Bit of a first world problem here. I want to put studs into my Simms G3 boots but am getting a new car next week.

    The venues I normally fish are small streams where I fish a few pools then jump into the car to get to the next stretch - I drive with my waders and boots on.

    Does anybody here drive in wading boots with studs, and if so, have you noticed any damage to the car pedals etc?

    If itīs going to scratch everything up, I`d better leave the studs out or my wife will murder me...

    Cheers,

    Damian F

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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    Rubber pedals wear down anyway. Put studs in drive happy. Normally end up doing 80k miles before having to replace pedal rubbers and they are cheap enough. A solid rubber mate in the drivers well stops mud and water build up also advisable. I use land rover ones in mine. Hate the carpet ones.


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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    I like the idea of the solid rubber mat. I would be more worried about the amount of run off from boots if you're in and out.

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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    I would have a read at this before driving. I didn't know the type of shoe could get you in trouble.

    Driver WARNING - shoe types you shouldn’t wear while driving that can land you a fine | Express.co.uk
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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    Couldn't open the Express article above, however if you do drive with studs and have a bump it it most likely the insurance company will jump on this.

    Peter

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    Default Studs in wading boots and driving

    I see the normal bull of wellies "could" cause an accident or high heels etc. Most farmers I know live in wellies and drive in them.

    There is an article and in fairness driving in a pair of trainers is better than in waders but as the gent is moving pools alot. He is probably driving slowly etc accordingly. I cant think for one second that an anyone would change into trainers unless it's a legal requirement which it's not.

    There is always the debate of legal humm drum but most likely a case by case basis.


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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    I used to drive with waders on more when I was working and had a company car . The pedals are the least of your problems , it’s the kick plates , the door pockets , and the plastic on the seats . A tungsten stud takes no prisoners !

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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    I think the law says you have to be able to operate the controls safely if you can then there's no problem.

    I'd be more concerned with the doors and seat damage that haggstock mentioned above, it would be a hassle to do every time but you could put something together for protecting the seat and door cards, towel rubber/neoprene matt etc if you can leave them permanently it would be worth the effort.

    Al

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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    As mentioned the pedal rubbers are very easy and cheap to replace. Where most cars seem to suffer are the sills and plastic trim.

    On my van I have some stick on protectors on the sill that are a bit rough like roofing felt. This should stop any permanent damage and can be removed before selling if necessary.

    Some plastic trim may also be cheap to replace. I've replaced bits from ebay which only cost a few pounds and typically clip on/off. Depends on the trim level and marque I suppose.

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    Default Re: Studs in wading boots and driving

    I've driven in studded wading boots without any noticeable extra wear on pedals. Just be very conscious of the extra boot width compared to 'normal' footwear for in some car's with limited footwell space you might find that your catching more than one pedal and that could be dangerous!

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