26 May, 2017
Traffic congestion can be extremely unnerving. We've all been there. There's honking, there's swearing, and not to mention wild gesticulating. What if we told you that each of these aforementioned actions is a punishable offence in different parts of the world? No, really! Road rules around the world range from pretty interesting to downright absurdo! Don't believe us? Take a look at our top picks!
1. Spain: Two glasses are better than one
While driving in Spain, be sure to carry an extra pair of your prescription glasses. Never mind that they are the dorky ones from 1999. It is the law!
2. Rockville, Maryland: Mind your language
Watch what you say while driving in Rockville, Maryland. It is illegal to swear on a street, highway or sidewalk (that's right, even if you're a pedestrian).
3. UAE: Make way for the ship of the desert
In the UAE, camels have the right of way! So if you cross paths with one of these ungulates while driving, make sure you let the big guy pass.
4. Russia: Stay clean
Don't you dare drive a dirty car in Russia. You could end up paying a 2000 roubles fine. Forewarned is forearmed, right?
5. Costa Rica: Drinking and driving? No problem!
In Costa Rica, it is perfectly legal to enjoy a beer while behind the wheel. But before you book the next flight to San José, note that if your blood alcohol level is found to be over 0.75%, you'll be doing jail time.
6. Sweden: Keep your lights on
In Sweden, it is mandatory to have your headlights on at all times, even during the day. And if you happen to forget, other drivers will remind you by flashing their headlights at you!
7. Japan: You splash, you pay
While driving in Japan, it is not just rude to splash pedestrians with puddle water, it is also illegal. On the bright side, this means you don't have to think twice before wearing white!
8. Germany: Nein halt
On Germany's no holds barred Autobahn, stopping is forbidden, even if you're out of fuel! So make sure you hit the gas station before you hit the road.
9. California: Ladies, please no bathrobes
In California, women are not allowed to drive wearing "housecoats". So next time you plan to drive in California, think twice before heading straight from the shower to the car.
10. London: Hay there!
The rule book states that "hackney carriages" i.e. taxis, must always carry a bag of oats and a bale of hay. One must be prepared for pony emergencies at all times!
Any other quirky traffic rules you've come across? Share them in the comments below!
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