Strange Driving Laws From Around The World


We’re all familiar with the basic laws of driving. Drive on the right side of the road. Red means stop. You know, those kinds of things. But in some parts of the world, there are driving laws that aren’t so basic. Some of the laws are just, well… strange.


Did you know…

  • In Spain, if you wear prescription eyeglasses, you have to keep a spare set in your car at all times.
  • It is illegal to run out of gas if you’re driving on Germany’s Autobahn. The Autobahn is famous for its sections without a speed limit, but a lesser known fact is that it is illegal to stop anywhere on the highway for any reason other than unavoidable circumstances. Running out of gas is considered to be avoidable, and could get you a ticket. And if you do run out of gas, you can't walk to the nearest gas station either. Walking along the highway is prohibited as well.

  • It’s illegal to drive in Russia if your car is dirty. Driving a dirty car carries a fine of up to 2,000 Rubles (about $30).
  • In Sweden, you have to keep your headlights on any time you are driving - not just at night. No matter what time of day it is, if you are driving, your headlights have to be on.
  • In Denmark, all drivers have to check under their car, before they start it, to make sure there is no one beneath it.


Some of these laws serve a purpose, such as the law against dirty cars in Russia (it’s supposed to prevent obscured license plates and vision), but some of them will leave you scratching your head. Just make sure you check the local laws before you travel abroad.


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