Did you know that in somewhere in the world you can get fined for having trash in your car? Find out where and a lot more interesting facts in today’ Bizarre Driving Laws Around the World!
Driving in a Bikini
For many years, there was a Statute in Kentucky Law that stated “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers.” This strange and archaic law was thankfully later amended “this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses”. In hindsight, that seems even more archaic. Luckily this strange law was finally weeded out from law books in 1975, so feel free to drive around Kentucky in all your bikini-clad glory.
No Parking in Front of Dunkin Donuts
There is a specific Dunkin Donuts in Maine that you cannot park in front of without breaking the law. While it may seem ridiculous that you aren’t allowed to park in front of Dunkin Donuts, this particular Dunkin Donuts in Maine is situated just so that if you park in front of it you could create a critical traffic jam that would hold everyone up for hours.
Don’t Run Out of Gas in Germany
If you’re driving down Germany’s infamous Autobahn you better make sure your car is fully gassed up. If you run out of fuel on the Autobahn and have to pull over, you are officially breaking the law. Make sure you never get onto the freeway unless you’re absolutely sure that you have enough gas in the tank to get you from point A to point B.
Don’t be a Passenger to a Drunk Driver
In Japan, they take drinking and driving super seriously. After a single beer, your blood-alcohol content would be high enough to get fined. If your blood-alcohol content is higher than 0.03 percent, you could be sentenced up to 5 years in prison or a massive fine of $10,000. It gets even more serious than that though; being a passenger in a car to a drunk driver (even if you are sober) can result in more fines and prosecution. Even the bar that you got that alcohol at can be fined since they allowed you to get behind the wheel after drinking!
Dirty Cars are Outlawed
While cars can drive around with any amount of mud caked onto them in America, this is not the case in Russia. Having a dirty car while driving around the country in Russia can result in a fine of 2000 roubles or the equivalent of about $35 US dollars.
Always Have Another set of Glasses
In Spain, if you require a set of seeing glasses to wear while driving, you are legally required to have another set of glasses ready to go somewhere in your car. This sort of makes sense, just in case somehow the pair of glasses you’re wearing on your face fly out the window. We have to wonder what happens if you accidentally lose both pairs, though.
Changing Clothes in your Car
In the city of Evanston, Illinois, it is unlawful to change clothes in your vehicle, unless there is a fire. This random rule seems a bit outdated and might possibly refer to retro vans that have curtains on the passenger doors. Just be sure to light a small fire in your car if you have to do some sort of outfit quickchange between events in Evanston.
No Driving Ban
If you’ve seen pictures or videos of what traffic looks like in Manila, you’ll know that only the brave of heart can survive it. In order to attempt to reduce the amount of vehicles in the road on any given day, the government bans driving certain cars on certain days of the week. If your license plate ends in 1 or 2 you cannot drive on Monday, if it ends on 3 or 4 you cannot drive on Tuesday, and so on. As long as it’s the weekend, feel free to venture out into that Manila traffic without having to do any math.
No Camels on the Freeway
While the deserts of Nevada might feel as dry as the dunes of North Africa, it is actually illegal for you to drive a camel on the freeway. This seems to imply that it is either legal to drive a camel through any other street of Nevada, or that it is legal to drive a camel on the freeways of other American states.
Speed Limit Enforced by Aircraft
Have you ever seen those traffic signs while driving on the interstates of America? It may seem like there’s no way that speed limits would be enforced by an aircraft, but in fact, they are. A police aircraft will track the amount of time it takes a car to travel between two distances and calculate to see if you’re violating the speed limit. If so, they can contact a police car on the ground who will promptly track you down and hand you a speeding ticket.