10 of The Strangest Driving Laws in The World
17/04/2015
10 of The Strangest Driving Laws in The World

Stupid driving laws around the World

10 of the strangest driving laws from around the world

Driving on the wrong side of the road and having to convert MPH to KPH is hard enough when driving abroad, but in some places there are driving laws so strange that you won’t know whether you’re driving forwards or backwards.

1)    It is illegal to drive blindfolded in Alabama
This has to be one of the strangest laws on the planet. In Alabama it is illegal for you to drive whilst being blindfolded.
We would love to know the story behind this law getting introduced, after extensive research we cannot find a record of anyone ever being arrested for driving whilst blindfolded.
 
2)    Do not drive a dirty car
You better keep that motor of yours shiny clean when driving in Russia as you can get fined 2,000 rubles (around £26) for driving a dirty car. I wonder just how dirty you could get away with before it’s ‘too dirty’.
 
3)    It is illegal to eat or drink while driving in Cyprus
In Cyprus, eating or drinking anything, including water, while driving is illegal. So don’t even think about heading to the nearest drive through for a quick bite to eat as you could be hit with an €85 fine. Hopefully you won’t be driving in the Cyprus heat for long because without water it can get nasty pretty quickly.
 
4)    Enjoy a lager while on the road in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, you are allowed to drink alcoholic beverages while behind the wheel just as long as you are not drunk. The thought of trying to negotiate the treacherous roads of Costa Rica while sipping on a lager, no thank you. I think I will stick to water while behind the wheel thanks.

5)    Do not run out of fuel on Germany's Autobahn
Make sure you have filled your car up with enough fuel to accommodate your inner ‘Lewis Hamilton’ on the world-famous Autobahn. If you push too hard and run out of fuel and are forced to pull over, you my friend are breaking the law. It is illegal to stop ‘unnecessarily’ on Germany’s Autobahn and apparently running out of fuel is considered ‘unnecessary’, as it could have been avoided.

6)    Always carry a spare pair of glasses when driving in Spain
Anyone who wears glasses will understand the reasoning behind this law. In Spain, anyone who requires prescription glasses must keep a spare pair in their car at all times in order to drive on the road. Just make sure the spare pair is the same prescription as that could cause all kinds of problems.

7)    It is illegal for you to turn your headlights off in Sweden
When driving in Sweden, don't beep your horn at passing cars whose headlights are on in clear daylight, they are legally required to keep their headlights on 24 hours a day. That’s right 24 hours a day, every day, even in the height of summer where in some parts of Sweden the sun never sets is. This is why you may see some older ‘Volvos’ driving in the UK with their headlights on during the day, they were manufactured so you couldn’t turn them off.

8)    Don't wave or shake your fist at other drivers in Cyprus
Here we are again driving in Cyprus, hungry and thirsty no doubt! As tempting as it is to wave to a friend or to angrily shake your fist at a frustratingly annoying driver, you'd better think again. In Cyprus you need to keep both hands on the wheel. Drivers who unnecessarily raise a hand from their steering wheel can face hefty fines. I think I will be avoiding Cyprus on my next road trip.

9)    Bring your own breathalyser in France
If you are following the letter of the law in France you would easily know if you are over the drink drive limit. All drivers are required to carry a breathalyser kit in their vehicle at all times. Drivers used to be fined if they were found not to be carrying one, however enforcement of this law has been delayed indefinitely.

10) Do not get in a car with a drunk driver in Japan
If you're sober, why would you ever get in a car that has a drunk driver behind the wheel? In Japan you not only risk your life but you also risk legal action. Sober passengers found in a car with a drunk driver behind the wheel can be prosecuted under the law.

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