Driving in a different country is daunting in its own right, but getting to grips with foreign road laws can be somewhat confusing! Not only must you ensure you’re fully insured, get used to driving on the opposite side of the road, and upgrade your breakdown cover, but learning the driving laws in different countries can literally drive you crazy.
Below, we highlight some of the most bizarre and crazy driving laws from around the world!
1. Dirty car? You may have a fine coming your way
In Russia, the police will not be reluctant to fine you if you’re caught driving a dirty car. So unless you’re happy to pay a fine up to 2,000 roubles (Approximately £30!), it might be worth taking a trip to the local carwash.
2. Never stop for pedestrians
China decided to enforce a law declaring that you must not stop for pedestrians. If a person runs out in front of your car, you’ll have to make the decision to obey the law and keep driving, or stop and save them; which will apparently be accompanied with a fine.
3. Why did the cows cross the road? …Because it’s their right of way!
South Africa appear to be a lot more considerate than China. Here, it is the law to give right of way to live animals. Already late for work? Well prepare to face a large fine if you don’t fancy waiting while a flock of buffalos stroll past.
4. Check your number plate before driving in the Philippines
You may have to invest in a new car if your number plate ends in a 1 or a 2 and you want to drive your car on a Monday. In the Philippines it is prohibited to drive your car in the capital, Manila, on a Monday if it ends in either of these two digits!
5. No driving blindfolded…
It is illegal to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle in Alabama. You may be thinking, “surely this is common sense?!” Well clearly not if a law had to be enforced to prevent this happening.
6. Keep your tank topped up if you’re heading to Germany
A German autobahn, (the German equivalent to the motorway) is the last place you want to be if you’re running low on gas. Despite these roads being unrestricted on speed limits, if you run out of fuel and come to a halt, prepare to face a brutal six-month ban from driving or up to five years behind bars!
7. Ridiculous rituals in Denmark
Fuel tank topped up, seat-belt on, mirrors checked… you’re ready to go! Not quite… In Denmark it is a legal requirement to check underneath your car incase someone is hiding under it before you start your ignition.
8. Keep a stash of spare shoes in your car in Spain
In Spain, it is illegal to drive your car in flip-flops, high-heels, open-front or backless shoes. Found the perfect pair of heels to go with your outfit? Just make sure you remember your trainers before heading out to drive.
9. You got given a car for your birthday! Shame you can’t drive it.
In Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to own a car, but it’s illegal for them to drive it. Practical!
10. You can’t drink and drive!
Not only is it illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, Cyprus have made it a law that you cannot even have a drink of water whilst driving! If you get hungry or thirsty, you’ll have to pull over, unless you want a fine and four penalty points.
So next time you get fined for speeding, just remember that there’s a lot more ludicrous driving laws you could get in trouble for.
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