A previous post outlined some antiquated (and hopefully no longer enforced) driving laws from around the US. While we are not sure why someone felt compelled to make things like driving with a blindfold illegal in Alabama, It was amusing to take a look at some of these strange statutes. Turns out, getting behind the wheel gets stranger beyond our borders.
It Gets Stranger Away from Home
If you ever have opportunity or desire to drive abroad, you might want to read up before you head out onto international roadways. Here are a few of the things you can get tickets for if you’re caught doing them in other countries. For example:
Thailand – If you are operating any type of vehicle, including bicycles, be sure to keep your shirt on. Traveling topless is a no-no.
Russia – If you are one of those folks who is best it is about the appearance of their car, you will have no problems here, but if you drive around Russia in a dirty car, you can be fined.
Germany – American knowledge of German driving is generally limited to the Autobahn, the magical stretch of roadway without a speed limit. If you have the chance to drive there yourself, make sure you are good to go before you get on. To keep things running smoothly, breakdowns (including running out of gas) are penalized with a ticket.
Cyprus – The fast food drive through window is as much a part of the driving environment in America as the stop sign. Not so in Cyprus. Drivers there face fines for eating or drinking anything behind the wheel, even water.
Spain – Spanish driving law doubles down on drivers with corrective lenses. It’s not enough to drive with your glasses on; you have to carry a backup pair as well.
Turkey – Turkish traffic masters must have spent some time in the Boy Scouts because they want drivers to always be prepared. Failure to carry a fire extinguisher, reflective triangle and a first aid kit can result in a penalty.
Serbia – We’re not sure if this is a commentary on the reliability of Serbian automobiles, but all of them must be equipped with a towbar and a 3-meter towrope at all times.
Japan – Japanese lawmakers want drivers to respect pedestrians and you can be fined about $65 if you splash one with rainwater while driving past.
Singapore – Authorities in Singapore take the respect for pedestrians even further. Here it is illegal to drive a car within 50 meters of someone on foot.
China – On the other hand, pedestrians don’t get near the love here that they get in Japan and Singapore. To keep traffic moving, it is illegal to stop for a pedestrian. Good luck crossing the street in Beijing.
Italy – in Italy there are areas known as”zono traffic limitatos” and they are just like what they sound like they are. Italy is filled with areas of historical significance and you can’t operate a motor vehicle in these areas without a special permit. Make sure you are aware of the location of the zones because there is a good chance that your GPS isn’t.