It's normal for traffic laws to vary country-to-country and even state-to-state. That is why it is important to know them before traveling to or through a specific territory. While some changes aren't too dramatic, some places have outrageous driving rules. Here are some of them:
- It is considered unlawful for men to drive topless in Thailand.
- Some places have rules about who can drive and on what days. In the Philippines, the last number on your plate number determines which day of the week you can or can't drive. For instance, those that end in 1 or 2 can't drive on Mondays. On Tuesday, it's 3 and 4. On Wednesday, it's 5 and 6. Thursday, 7 and 8. Finally, on Friday, it's 9 and 0. This law was implemented to help minimize traffic congestion.
- In Greece, you can't smoke in your car (windows up or down).
- Drivers are not allowed to wear flip-flops to drive in Spain.
- If you accidentally splash a pedestrian or bicyclist while driving in Japan, you can be ticketed.
- If you don't stop for farm animals in South Africa, you could be fined hundreds of dollars.
- Having your arms or legs hanging out your window can be a little unusual and unsafe, which is why it is considered to do it in Australia. Of course, signaling to other drivers is an exception.
- You need to drive with your headlights on at all times in Sweden. It may be due to the fact that they get very minimal daylight in the wintertime.
- Say no more to eating and driving if you are driving in Cyprus. Did we mention that you can't even take a sip of your drink behind the wheel either?
- Have you heard of legal drinking and driving? Yes - LEGAL. In Costa Rica, you can drink and drive.
- Bulgaria requires all its drivers to carry a fire extinguisher in their cars.
Most traffic laws are implemented with your safety in mind, except for a few of those unusual ones above. We hope you enjoyed learning about these quirky regulations.
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