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The Strangest Driving Laws Around the World


  • In Saudi Arabia women aren't allowed to get behind the wheel - ever. In fact, it's the only country in the world that still enforces this law. This is despite the fact that women now make up 13% of the nation's native workforce, and the fact that young male children are often seen driving.
  • If you're cruising around Cyprus don't munch on a burger or sip on a soft drink as it could cost you a US $130 fine.
  • France may be famous for its wine but if you're planning on drinking a glass before driving home, you'll need to carry your own breathalyser kit. Enforcement is pretty lapse, however the rule does exist!
  • Got a messy car?  You may want to give it a spring clean if you're heading to Russia as driving dirty can result in being issued with a US $62 fine.
  • Keep a close eye on your fuel gauge when driving on Germany's Autobahn as running your tank down to zero is against the law!
  • In Sweden, drivers are supposed to keep their headlights on 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
    Even in the summer months when the sun barely sets!
  • If you wear prescription glasses while driving in Spain be sure to carry around a spare pair in the glove box. Otherwise, you could risk a fine or driving penalty.
  • The Japanese are adamant about keeping their roads safe and enforce a law which makes it illegal for sober drivers to ride with drunk drivers.
  • It may seem obvious but apparently, Alabama needs to spell it out - there's a rule which states: Don't drive blindfolded!
  • You're not supposed to drink and drive anywhere however in Costa Rica a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.75% will get you a one-way ticket to jail.
  • Don't set off in Denmark unless you've checked that there's no one underneath your car.
  • Travelling with a pooch? In Alaska it's illegal to tether a dog to the roof of your car. We're not sure who would want to though!
  • If you happen to live in Florida and own an elephant, be prepared to fork out for parking!
  • What's the weirdest road traffic law you've encountered while renting a car abroad?
  • We want to hear about it!