Planning a road trip abroad? Sounds like fun, take me! Before we go lets make sure to do a little check and see if the local road rules are anything like ours at home, because when it comes to travel plot twists traffic is no exception. Check out the top 10 crazy driving laws from around the world to start getting yourself ready!

France – Pack a breathalyser kit

In France drivers caught without their own breathalyser kit in the car will face a fine of about $17. For tourists, it might be cheaper to pay the fine (or you know, drive sober and don’t get pulled over).

breath alyzer

Photo via Flickr/direktive4

Russia – Wash your car.

Much more cost effective to pay for a weekly car wash than the 2000 roubles ($62) fine you’ll get in Russia for driving a dirty looking car. 

car russia

Photo via Flickr/Pasha Agatov

Cyprus – Keep your hands on the wheel, seriously.

In Cyrus it’s illegal to remove a hand from the steering wheel unless absolutely necessary, so no furious hand gestures at bad drivers and no road snacks, not even water.

driving and eating

Photo via Flickr/Jaime

Germany – Don’t forget to fill up.

It’s illegal to pull over on the German Autobahn except for something emergency status serious, running out of gas doesn’t count because you could have avoided it by filling up before going out.


Photo via Flickr/DOMINIK MINKUS

Nevada, USA – No driving your camel on the highway.

Well there goes my weekend. *humph*.


Photo via Flickr/Irma

Sweden – Headlights on.

24 hours a day…


Photo via Flickr/paul.james.

Philippines – No driving on Mondays if your plate ends in a 1 or 2.

Wait why? No one knows… *sigh* only in Manila.

manila plate

Photo via Flickr/Ross Day

Spain – Drivers must store an extra pair of glasses in their car at all times.

I mean, you know, drivers who wear glasses to drive at least. Just in case.

driving glasses

Photo via Flickr/Henry Lee

Tennessee, USA – No shooting animals from your car unless it’s a whale.

Lots of whales in Tennessee these days? This is also a law in California where it makes slightly more sense seeing as there are whales there ever, except it never makes sense to shoot an innocent majestic whale so no, nope, get out.

garden whale

Photo via Flickr/Sanctu

Costa Rica – Drinking and driving is allowed.

Excuse? Just beer, and just one… at a time… as long as you don’t get drunk… sounds like it’ll all work out and everyone will be responsible (the most sarcastic).

drink and drive

Photo via Flickr/~Anita Murphy~

Have you noticed any crazy driving laws while traveling?

American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.


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