Road laws and driving regulations are roughly the same wherever you are in the world. However, in some countries and states there are a few weird and outdated laws that could see unsuspecting drivers facing a hefty charge or driving penalty.
So next time you climb into a rental car, in addition to making sure you have the right insurance cover at the best price using a comparison site like Captain Compare, double check you know all the rules of the road – however crazy they may seem! As you will see, depending on where you are in the world, it could be a whole lot more complex than simply knowing which side of the road to drive on.
Here are 15 of the wackiest, most random driving laws from across the world for your enjoyment:
1. It’s illegal to drive in Alaska with a dog tethered to your roof
2. In Alabama the law states you must have windshield wipers on your car, yet it is not mandatory to have a windshield
3. In California it is against the law for women to wear a bathrobe whilst driving
4. You must ALWAYS wear a shirt when driving in Thailand
5. It is forbidden to wash your car on a Sunday in Switzerland – the day most other countries dedicate to doing this essential chore
6. In Georgia you are not allowed to drive through playgrounds
7. Whilst in Denmark, you must routinely check for sleeping children under your car every single time you want to drive anywhere. You will be fined if you’re caught not doing this.
8. Traffic is so heavy in the Philippine capital of Manila that they have had to introduce a special coding system, meaning that you are only allowed to drive on certain days of the week depending on the number combination on the number plates. For example if your number plate starts with a ‘9’ you can drive on Mondays and Wednesdays.
9. Tempted to wear a blindfold when you drive? Well if you’re in Alabama don’t as you will be breaking the law.
10. In Beijing you could receive a fine and warning for stopping at pedestrian crossings
11. In Montana you are forbidden from having a sheep in your truck without a chaperone
12. It would be a big mistake to assume you have the right of way when driving in South Africa. It is the pigs, goats, cattle and any other animals that take priority and failing to give way for them can incur a fine of over $500
13. Women are still not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia
14. It’s illegal to run out of fuel on the Autobahn when driving in Germany.
And last but not least, our favourite festive driving law that Santa himself should be aware of…
15. If in Ontario and driving a sleigh down the highway, you should make sure you have the correct number of bells attached. Less than two could earn you a fine of $5. It could be an expensive night for the big man.