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9 Crazy Driving Laws Worldwide

Forget crazy driving laws, it’s already difficult to drive on the left or right side of the road or convert a speed restriction from kilometers to miles per hour. It gets even weirder when you change countries and get clueless about the rules and laws in different countries.

But in some regions, you also have to deal with crazy driving laws. 

Let’s talk about some crazy traffic laws that might make you go .. Whatttttttttttt…?

Here is a quick list (TLDR) :

  • South Africa 🇿🇦: Stop on signal
  • Japan 🇯🇵: Not to sit with drunk drivers
  • Thailand 🇹🇭: Shirts all the time
  • Philippines 🇵🇭: Licence Plate
  • United States 🇺🇸: Not to drive wearing a blindfold in Alabama
  • Russia 🇷🇺: Always keep your vehicles clean while driving
  • Germany 🇩🇪: Forbidden to stop on the high-speed freeway
  • Spain 🇪🇸: Extra pair of lens
  • France 🇫🇷: Breathalyzer kit

Let’s dive in…

Some crazy driving laws worldwide

South Africa🇿🇦: Stop on signal

driving rule in south africa

We start our list with a straightforward yet carefully adhered-to law from South Africa. Even though there is only one car for every five people in South Africa, the country nonetheless sees the need for stringent restrictions to safeguard its animals. The driver of a vehicle on a public road is required by law to stop at the request or upon the signal of any person leading or operating a horse, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on the said road. Anyone who fails to yield properly may be subject to fines of up to $500, and we ponder whether hitting an ostrich will result in more animal cruelty complaints.

crazy driving laws in Japan 🇯🇵 : Not to sit with drunk drivers

driving rule in japan

We learned that it’s against the law to spray pedestrians with water while driving in Japan. Since typhoons frequently leave a lot of standing water on roads in June, it appears that enforcement of this ordinance increases during that month.

Another strange legislation permits anyone who is of legal drinking age inside a vehicle to consume alcohol so long as the driver stays sober. Why would a sober person ever get into a vehicle with a drunk driver behind the wheel?

In Japan, driving with a drunk driver puts you in danger for both personal safety and legal difficulties. Sober passengers can face penalties under the law.

Thailand 🇹🇭 : Shirts all the time

In Thailand- no matter what the season is or how hot it may be, sources claim that both male and female drivers in this well-known Asian location must wear shirts at all times. This also applies to drivers of vehicles, buses, or “tuk-tuk cabs.”

Philippines 🇵🇭 : Licence Plate

Depending on the day of the week and the final number of their license plate, persons in Manila are not permitted to drive in specific regions. If a car driver whose license plate ends in a 1 or a 2 is observed in congested locations at particular times, they may be penalized. This is also true in some parts of Paris, but Manila is far stricter about these safety-based prohibitions because of typhoon-influenced yearly flooding.

United States 🇺🇸 : Not to drive wearing a blindfold in Alabama

driving rules in united states Alabama

Yes, it appears that the driving laws in the United States are also quite peculiar. According to the laws, it’s illegal to transport sheep in the cab of a truck without a chaperone in Montana, and it is against the law to drive while wearing a blindfold in Alabama because, well, it is foolish and hazardous.

Bizarre legislation in New Jersey requires people to honk before passing. This rule would be extremely confusing because we wouldn’t know if someone was trying to pass us, say hello, or warn us about crazy drivers who like to honk their horns.

Russia 🇷🇺 : Always keep your vehicles clean while driving

Regardless of whether the automobile is unclean on the interior or the outside, driving a filthy car can result in a fine of up to $55. Since it is also unlawful to clean your automobile anywhere other than your home or a car wash, this law has proven to be problematic for some drivers. It was originally implemented to maintain license plates legible during the winter months when salt and grime are prone to caking onto a plate.


Recommended read: Car Care in Summer: How To Take Care of Your Car During Summer

Germany 🇩🇪 : Forbidden to stop on the high-speed freeway

It is strictly forbidden to stop on the high-speed freeway when traveling on the Autobahn for any reason other than an emergency. Running out of petrol is also apparently very much unacceptable, as this is regarded as driver negligence, and drivers are likely to be charged with harming both themselves and others as a result of their oversight.

Spain 🇪🇸 : Extra pair of lens

Anyone who needs corrective lenses in order to operate a vehicle on Spain’s roadways must always maintain an extra pair in their vehicle in case one set goes misplaced or a lens comes out. This law is a federal statute, and it is up to the police officer to decide whether or not the driver is deserving of a ticket.

France 🇫🇷 : Breathalyzer kit

In France, all drivers are now required to always keep an unopened breathalyzer kit in their vehicles. Apparently, the goal is to reduce the expenditures the government incurs from traffic stops while also preventing drunk driving.

Wrap Up: crazy driving laws Across the World

These were some craziest, weirdest laws around the world. From drinking and driving to not sitting with drunk drivers the laws are changed in every city, every country. These laws are great to be known when traveling to different countries as no one wants to be in trouble.