Unusual Rules of the Road for Driving Abroad
If you are planning a trip across the pond that involves driving or hiring a vehicle, you will probably be aware that you may be required to drive on the other side of the road or pay motorway toll charges. However, it is important to remember that each country has different rules. Take a look at these strange driving laws from around the world and make sure you don't get caught short on your trip!
- Spain - In some parts of Spain, on even days of the month, cars must be parked on the side of the road with even house numbers. On odd days of the month, cars must be parked on the side of the road with the odd numbers on.
- Luxembourg - You must have windscreen wipers on your vehicle but you don't have to have a windscreen. We aren't sure how this one is supposed to work!
- Denmark - It is illegal to start a car if you have a person underneath it. You must also drive with your headlights on at all times, even in daylight, so that people won't mistake you for a parked car.
- Switzerland - If you're driving a hired car that has snow tyres, check that there is a sticker on the windscreen that states that you can't drive more than 160km/h. If there is no sticker, then you can be fined.
- Cyprus - It is illegal to drink water while driving. Even a small sip will cost you an 85 Euro fine.
- France - In a bid to cut down the consequences of drink driving, it is required that all cars must contain a breathalyzer. If not, you will be charged 11 Euro on the spot which can quickly add up if you are fined multiple times on your journey. It also might be an idea to remove any speed camera warnings from your satnav as keeping these on is also illegal.
- Italy - Keep in mind that some roads are only allowed to be used by residents or at certain times of the day. It is a good idea to mark these roads down on a map and plan each individual route first.
- California - It is illegal for women to drive in a coat or dressing gown. If you drive too slowly or travel more than 60mph you can also be fined.
- Georgia - It is illegal to drive through playgrounds. In fact, we can't think of anywhere that would allow cars to drive through playgrounds!
- Little Rock, Arkansas - It is illegal to use your horn after 9pm in places where sandwiches and drinks are sold.
- Pennsylvania - If you are travelling on a country road at night, it is required by law to stop at every mile, send up a rocket and wait 10 minutes in case there is livestock on the road. We reckon this could turn in to a very, very long journey....
- Alabama - It is illegal to drive while blindfolded or barefoot.
- Missouri - It is illegal to use a horn in a rental car.
- Indiana - It is illegal to reverse in to a parking space as the police cannot view your number plate easily. It is also illegal to overtake a horse on any road.
- Florida - It is illegal for an elephant to be tied to a parking meter, however, it must have a ticket and pay the normal car parking charges.
- Motana - If you have a sheep in the back seat, make sure it is being accompanied.
- Denver, Colorado - Illegal to drive a black car on Sundays.
- Minneapolis and Massachusetts - Illegal to drive a red car down Lake Street.
- Tennessee - It is illegal to drive whilst asleep.
- New Brunswick - Illegal to drive on the road.
- Quebec - If you're driving a hired car, it is illegal to turn right. However, minutes after crossing over in to the next state, the law changes and it becomes acceptable.
- Montreal - It is illegal to park a car that blocks your home's driveway, even if it is your own car.
- If you're travelling in a taxi, a bale of hay must be carried in the boot.
- Thailand - A shirt must be worn whilst driving.
- Philippines - If your license plate ends in a 1 or 2 you are not allowed to drive on Monday. If it ends in 3 or 4 you aren't allowed to drive on a Tuesday. If it ends in 5 or 6 you aren't allowed to drive on a Wednesday, and so forth.
- Singapore - You must be 50 metres away from a pedestrian at all times. We wonder what happens when pedestrians need to cross the road!
- Beijing - It is illegal to stop at a crossing. If you stop you will be fined 5 Yan (equal to less than a dollar) or issued a warning.
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