No Shoes, No Shirt, No–Driving? 9 Unique Driving Laws from Around the World
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Different parts of the world have some pretty unusual driving laws. Here in America, we also have some quirky state driving laws.
Did you know that if you’re driving in Ohio, you’re required to honk your horn any time you pass a vehicle going in the same direction as you? It’s a good thing Ohioans generally ignore this law or most of the state would be filled with the sound of blaring horns!
In Georgia, you can get a ticket for following the speed limit. That’s right, Georgia’s “slowpoke” law means you can get a ticket for holding up traffic. It applies even if you’re going the speed limit and the traffic behind you is speeding.
According to Business Insider, these unique driving laws include everything from acceptable driving attire to which days you’re allowed to drive. Some of these international rules of the road are quirky, and sometimes just outright hilarious.
If you thought breaking down on a California freeway during rush hour was a nightmare, you don’t even want to know what happens if you do on the German Autobahn.
Unusual driving laws outside the U.S.
In Luxembourg, a vehicle doesn’t necessarily need to have a windshield, especially if it’s a vintage car. However, it must have functioning windshield wipers, whether it has a windshield or not.
Apparently, a lot of countries have unique laws when it comes to liquids and driving.
Muddy driving, or driving through a puddle that splashes a pedestrian, is illegal in Japan. In Australia, you’d better not splash someone using a bus or you’ll get a fine of $2,200 AUS. That’s around $1,550 in US dollars!
As if driving on the German Autobahn wasn’t terrifying enough, a driver had better not run out of fuel. That’s not considered an acceptable reason for stopping while on the famous “no speed limit” highway.
Neither is having a breakdown—a worst-case scenario could result in being banned from this high-speed road.
Are you properly dressed according to these driving laws?
Spaniards face a hefty fine (€200 or around $225) for driving in flip-flops. Apparently, hats are also a no-no. The Sun reports that the country’s General Traffic Law requires a driver’s ears to be visible at all times. Besides hats, that also rules out cell phones unless they’re on speaker.
In Thailand, men risk a fine of ฿500 (around $16) for driving a vehicle of any kind while shirtless. That includes bicycles and tuk-tuks, or three-wheeled motorcycle taxis, too.
Driving by the numbers
In order to reduce traffic congestion, the Philippines created a number coding program. The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program keeps vehicles off the streets for one day each week based on the last digit of the license plate.
It’s illegal to drive on Monday if that digit is one or two, Tuesday is off-limits if it’s three or four, and so on. Since there are only 10 digits, the program ends with nine and zero on Fridays.
Apparently, the weekends are a free-for-all with every vehicle allowed on the roads.
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