Weird driving laws

2012-10-12 16:47
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While we often roll our eyes at the fact that herders and their flocks of cattle have more right of way on South Africa's rural roads than actual drivers do, we need not feel too embarrassed when welcoming foreign tourists to our shores.

Why? Well, the simple truth is that most countries have some seriously crazy road rules of their own that will baffle even the most law-abiding adventurer around.

We're taking a look at a few of the funniest, so listen up, listen well and take notes, especially if your next trip abroad involves getting behind the wheel!

• Although most of us always keep a wary eye out for any stray dogs, cats or kids lurking in our blind spots, this is just not good enough in Denmark. No! Here the law requires you to do a routine check for sleeping children under your car every single time you want to drive anywhere. If you get caught not doing this, you will be fined.

 Being a pedestrian in Beijing must really suck, because it's like you just don't exist! Although there are - what we here in South Africa like to call - zebra crossings a-plenty, motorists who dare to stop at one are sure to receive a warning if not a fine.

• The opposite is true for Switzerland where pedestrians ALWAYS have right of way and may even casually step in front of your car to make sure you adhere.

• Traffic in the Philippine capital of Manila is so hectic that they've had to work out a special number coding scheme that bars cars with certain numbers or number combinations on their number plates from using the main roads on certain days. For instance, if your number plate ends in 1 or 2, you are not allowed to drive on Mondays.

If you're a bit of a slob, you better shape up or ship out if you're planning on visiting Russia or Romania anytime soon, as the traffic laws of these countries forbid you to drive a dirty car.

 In Spain wearing your prescription glasses while driving is great, but just not good enough - if you don't have an extra pair with you in the car at all times you're in danger of getting fined.

• Keep your eyes peeled when approaching the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, as there are two highways - one for Muslims only and one for non-Muslims. Because non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the holy city, this highway will take you safely around, while taking the wrong turn could land you in some serious hot water... like hefty fines or deportation.

• At one time in the UK, it was legal for a man to urinate in public as long as it occurred on the rear wheel of his vehicle and he had his right hand on the vehicle.

But the country that wins the prize for frutiest road rules around, is the good ol' US of A... Check these out:

- In California, it is illegal for a woman to wear a dressing gown behind the wheel. The law states nothing about men, so guessing Heff is safe then.

- Guess what! In Alabama there is a law stipulating that it is totally illegal to wear a blindfold while driving. Well, dang!

- While in Milford, Massachusetts it's best not to check your hair in car windows while walking through a parking lot, because a lurking traffic cop might think you're peeping in - and that is highly illegal!

- Better keep your beautiful black car in the garage on Sundays in Denver, Colorado, as you will be breaking the law if you dare drive it around.

For more crazy US road rules check out's list of Bizarre Driving Laws.

For a good giggle about Europe's driving quirks visit's driving guide.

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