Think you know everything there is to know about driving? Think again! You may be clued up on driving around the UK but once you head to another country the rules completely change. Not only do you have to worry about driving on the right side of the road, but there are some pretty random rules that you need to be aware of. Of course, the first thing you need to make sure of is that you’re driving a safe, reliable car. If you’re buying second hand make sure you choose a reliable outlet, such as Jennings Motor Group. Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to learn some of the weirdest driving rules around the world.
Strange Asian laws
If you’re heading to Asia there are quite a few strange rules of the road you really need to get to grips with. As featured on the Wanderlust website, motorists aren’t allowed to go within 50 metres of a pedestrian. More bizarrely, if you stop at a pedestrian crossing in Beijing you could face a fine of 5 Yuan. Driving in Thailand requires motorists to wear a shirt, while in Manila it is against the law to drive on Mondays if the number plate on your car ends in 1 or 2.
Other strange driving laws
It isn’t just Asia that has bizarre rules of the road. In Belarus car cleanliness is a very important topic. It is against the law to drive a dirty car. Over in France you also need to carry a self-test breathalyser. Until recently you could actually be fined 11 Euros for not carrying one. The fine has been indefinitely postponed but it is still a legal requirement to carry the test with you.
In the UK one of the most frustrating and often infuriating things for drivers is speed cameras. If you have a GPS you have the option to set speed camera alerts which tell you exactly where the cameras are. However, as pointed out by AOL travel, over in Germany police carry out spot checks to see whether drivers have this feature switched on. If you do, you will be told to turn it off.
Everyone knows you can’t drink and drive. However, in Cyprus they have expanded on this law to prohibit all drinking and eating behind the wheel. You can’t even have a soft drink on your long, leisurely drive.
Italy is known for its amazing collection of historic buildings. Practically all parts of the city have an important historic monument. So it comes as more than a slight inconvenience that you are restricted from driving into a dedicated historic zone without a permit.
Finally if you require corrective eyewear to drive, in Spain you will need to carry an extra pair of glasses. If you don’t, you’ll be breaking the law.
Some of these laws seem more than a little strange. The things you take for granted while driving in home country you in a lot of trouble abroad. Therefore if you plan on driving in another country you should make sure you read up all of the local road laws before you set off.
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