Strange Traffic Laws From Around the World

Here are some strange and surprising driving laws from around the world, so you don't get caught out when driving abroad.

Strange Traffic Laws From Around the World


You may curse them when you’re running late, but red lights mean stop. Not stopping could have serious consequences. But in the USA, you can turn right on a red, as long as the road is clear of pedestrians and traffic.


This may sound absurd or strange to many, but in Sweden it's necessary to keep your headlights on 24 hours a day. We understand that it's required for places as cold as Sweden during winter, but you cannot turn your car's lights off even if it's June and weather looks just fine.


Drinking and driving is illegal, of course. But in Macedonia, the authorities go a step further: if you’re ‘visibly under the influence of alcohol’, you not allowed to sit in the front seat, presumably not just because you’ll be useless at navigating.


We’re not even talking about alcohol - in Cyprus, just a swig of orange juice at the wheel could land you in trouble. If you’re thirsty you must pull over to take fluids on board.


While it is a badge of honour in Ireland to be able to write CLEAN ME on your white van, in Bulgaria this would land you in trouble. A mandatory car wash upon entry into the country quashes potential for amusing messaging.


In one-way streets in some Spanish cities you can only park on the side of the road where houses have uneven numbers on uneven days of the month, and on the side of even numbers on even days. Eh!

Oh and If you wear prescription glasses, it's necessary to carry a spare pair in your car under law, else you can be fined.


If you’re pottering down to Poitiers, be aware that ‘drivers of all motor vehicles and motorcycles must carry a breathalyser'. If you don’t show the gendarme your kit when asked, you’ll get an €11 fine.


Provided you don’t reach your destination in a boozy stupor, necking a beer behind the wheel is perfectly legal in Costa Rica. Famous for its natural beauty and chaotic road network, the authorities of this Central American country are happy to turn blind eye to boozing motorists – incredible.

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