Strange Driving Laws Around the World
When going from point A to point B, you'll have obeyed at least three or more driving laws. From stopping at red lights to using your turn signal and driving the speed limit, most of these actions have become second nature.
Did you know having a dirty car could get you in trouble? Did you know eating ice cream while driving could get you in trouble?
Well, it depends on where you are. Read on to see strange driving laws from around the world.
Why follow a silly law? At Caliber Collision, we have seen firsthand what happens when driving laws are broken. Accidents happen. In the end, it’s best to know what’s illegal next time you travel.
Without further ado, here are the weirdest driving laws you’ll find in the world.
Drinking and Driving
In the United States, drinking and driving can, at best, ruin your driving career. And for good reason. Because, according to the NHTSA, "Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that's one person every 50 minutes." Obviously, drinking and driving is deadly for everyone involved. It’s no wonder why all 50 United States have made it illegal to drink and drive.
But not all countries frown upon drinking and driving.
You can Drink and Drive in These Countries
For those living in or visiting Costa Rica, a road brew is acceptable, as long as you're not over the legal intoxication limit. Pre-gamers: in Costa Rica, on the way to the party, you can get a head start. However, if you have a blood-alcohol level above 0.75 percent will get you in trouble, though.
Of course, Caliber Collision does not condone drinking while driving. In Japan, they don't find drinking while driving or getting in the car with a drunk driver acceptable either. In fact, in Japan, if you're a sober passenger and decide to hitch a ride with an intoxicated driver, you too can get in trouble.
To help self-regulate, drivers in France are required to purchase a breathalyzer kit to keep in their car. You can prevent a dangerous situation from ever happening. But, if you do get pulled over, not having a breathalyzer kit comes with a fine of up to €11!
Hungry? Don’t eat Behind the Wheel in These Countries
Consuming alcohol and going for a joy ride is obviously a recipe for disaster. But what about eating a burger on your way home? Feel free to do so in most of the United States, but don’t do it in the country we’ll talk about next.
To cut down on distracted driving, those operating a vehicle in Cyprus aren't allowed to eat or drink anything while driving. Your full attention should be focused on the road and not your french fries. Otherwise, an €85 fine will come paired with that Happy Meal. That’s roughly $103 USD! Which makes it a Sad Meal.
Bummer alert: this rule comes backed by some convincing statistics. For example, "Eating or drinking while driving increases the chances of getting in a car accident by 80%", according to the NHTSA. Put the burger down! Hands at 10 and 2!
No Shoes? Can’t Drive Here. No Shirt? Can’t Drive Here
Spain is a hot country in the summer. If you live in a hot place, you know it’s nice to let the toes free while driving. Especially if you don’t have a working AC (by the way, go here if yours is broken). Sadly, close-toed shoes are required in Spain. Driving with flip-flops on comes with a hefty fine.
As the saying goes, no shoes, no shirt, no service. The no shirt rule applies to men driving in Thailand. Men are required to wear a shirt while driving.
Hey Four Eyes, you Actually Need Six Eyes
Spanish drivers that need glasses are also required to have an extra pair onboard. Same goes for Swiss drivers. Currently, there are no known U.S. states that require an extra pair of corrective eyewear.
From Russia Without Love for Dirty Cars
Too unmotivated to go to the car wash? Well, in Russia they want to keep the streets clean, literally. You could get a ticket for having an excessively dirty car. That ticket would cost you roughly $60.
Don't forget to fill up on gas either! In Germany, it's against the law to unnecessarily pull over on the Autobahn even if it's because you ran out of gas. Makes sense for a roadway that has no set speed limit.
The neighbors to the north of Germany in Sweden also have an interesting driving law. It may seem a little weird to drive with your headlights on even during the day. However, in Sweden it's required to keep them on 24-hours a day. Especially in mountainous regions, having your headlights on improves your car's visibility. From those of us in Colorado, we agree.