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Top 7 Bizarre Driving Laws Around the World

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Drivers across the UK will be well aware of all the road laws in place which keep us all safe when making our daily journeys on the busy roads and motorways. Some people, no doubt, find it hard to keep all the rules and regulations in mind: from when to yield, to where it’s safe to overtake. But some countries have it much tougher than us, with some driving laws seemingly in place purely to confuse drivers.

This month, we’re taking a look at some of the most bizarre driving laws in place around the world, some of which make you question what events led to the laws being implemented in the first place.

7.) Spain – You must have a spare pair of glasses stored in your car


Quite a specific law, but one that makes quite a bit of sense. If you require glasses to drive
it would be quite the ordeal to lose your pair while shopping, leaving you dangerously impeded when you get back to your car. In Spain, prior planning will help boost road safety, making sure drivers with eyesight woes won’t risk getting behind the wheel without their required eyewear. It seems odd having a driving law dictate the presence of personal belongings, but at least this law is grounded in the name of safety.


6.) Japan – Passengers can be fined if in a car with a drunk driver

A strict law from Japan demonstrating how seriously they take drink driving. In Japan, responsibility doesn’t only lie with the driver: if passengers are present when a drunk driver is pulled over, they will also be fined for allowing an intoxicated person to take the wheel in the first place. Treating passengers as ‘accessories to drunk driving’ is definitely unique, but it fits in with Japan’s social guidelines, and while it may seem harsh, it definitely has some sense to it. Designated drivers may not be the most popular role to play, but in Japan, there’s added impetus to nominate one before the night gets started.

5.) Thailand – You cannot drive without wearing a shirt

If you’re thinking of heading to Thailand for a break, it’s best to keep your shirt on just about everywhere you go – save for the beach. This also stands while driving: no matter how hot or humid it might become, if you’re taking to the roads in Thailand you will need to be respectfully covered. Decency is important to Thai culture, and tourists without tops are widely frowned upon. Just because you’re in the cabin of your car doesn’t mean you’re safe to peel off your t-shirt, so make sure to keep that in mind or else be prepared to pay for the pleasure!

4.) Japan (and the UK!) – Splashing passing pedestrians will incur a fine

Japan and the UK seem to be on the same page with this law. DeliberateCar-splash_628x290ly splashing a pedestrian counts as careless and inconsiderate driving, and you will be issued an on the spot fine for doing so. Japan especially is known for its polite, interpersonal courtesy, and covering a defenceless pedestrian head to toe in muddy water definitely counts as discourteous behaviour. No matter where it is, a monetary fine is a good way to put a stop to rainy day pranksters, and pedestrians worldwide would likely welcome the same measures implemented in their country.

3.) Alabama, USA – It is illegal to drive while blindfolded

This is one of those laws which makes us wonder exactly what happened to make it become an explicit rule. It likely didn’t end too well for the driver in question, but it did lead to the creation of a road law that was probably already implied – and should be taken as such worldwide. Whether you’re in Alabama, Nottingham or anywhere at all, blindfolded driving should never be attempted. It really should go without saying.

2.) Anchorage, Alaska – It is illegal to tie a dog to the roof of your car

This one speaks for itself really. It’s reassuring to know that Alaskans take animal safety seriously, and this law should bring relief to huskies who fear drawing the short straw on moving day. Alaskans will have to save that precious roof space for luggage and other – non living – goods, perhaps offering their canine companion a more relaxing seat in the back.

1.) Pennsylvania, USA – When driving on country roads at night, you must stop every mile in order to detonate a rocket signal to warn livestock of your presence


An old law, this one, and one you will be likely extremely hard pressed to find eiStock_000000795021_Mediumnforced today – or incredibly unlucky. It might have made some sense back during the early years of the automotive industry, but nowadays this law would be much more of an inconvenience than anything else. Driving along country roads in the dark is already stressful enough without the hassle of remembering to set off ordnance every few minutes. Although, it might make for an attractive light show against the star-filled sky of rural Pennsylvania.

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