NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: Traffic moves through midtown Manhattan on August 31, 2022 in New York City. A proposed congestion pricing plan in New York City to reduce traffic has attracted hundreds of New Yorkers to a series of public hearings on the matter. The plan, which would toll drivers in Manhattan south of 60th Street as much as $23 during rush hour, was designed to lessen traffic congestion by as much as 20%, according to an MTA analysis. If approved, the plan could go into effect by late 2023.

If you look hard enough you can find some strange laws in every city, state, and country. Some are outdated and unenforced, and others still rule. If you are planning on traveling it’s always a good idea to check out the legalities in your destination. But if you are planning on driving abroad? You absolutely need to be aware. Even if you aren’t, it’s interesting to see how other countries handle things. And there are some unusual road rules out there.

Looking4.com compiled this list of unusual driving rules throughout the world. And some are sure to shock you. From birthday suits being permitted to fines for locking your keys in your car or having to leave your headlights on at all times. Failure to comply can result in large fines.

A spokesperson from Looking4.com commented: “When driving abroad it’s wise to check out the local rules around driving before setting off to avoid unpleasant surprises. As the largest UK-owned airport operator we’ll ensure a safe and relaxed take-off, while you familiarise yourself with the rules at your destination.”

After reading these, I think I’ll be sure to never drive outside of the US. Actually, I most likely would have avoided that anyway. Check out some of the most unusual road rules across the world below.

  • Germany

    Germany

    • ‘Rechts vor links’: This translates to ‘right before left’ and is mostly found in residential areas of Germany. Unless otherwise indicated by signs, people driving towards an intersection or crossroad will have to yield to anyone coming from the right.
    •  German Autobahn: On the autobaun there is no speed limit. Though the recommended speed is 130 km/h or 80 mph.
    •  Naked driving: Technically, you are allowed to drive your car completely naked. If for some reason you desire that experience. If you become a nuisance however legal action can be taken.
  • Canada

    Canada

    • DUI Repercussions: If you’ve been convicted of drunk driving in Canada you may be required to install an alcohol interlock into your car and breathalyze before you can turn your car on. 
  • Sweden

    Sweden

    • Headlights: In Sweden, it doesn’t matter what time of day or how light it is outside your headlights must always remain on while the vehicle is in motion.

  • Australia

    Australia

    • Don’t Leave Your Car Unlocked: You really should never do it for safety reasons. But leaving a car unlocked or forgetting keys in an unattended vehicle could cost you. The penalty varies by location but one example is New South Wales where you could be fined up to $2200.
  • Thailand

    • This Is Not Germany: In Thailand, you must wear a shirt at all times while driving. Yes even while returning home from those gorgeous beaches.
  • Philippines

    Phillapines

    • Designated Days: You can’t just jump in your vehicle and hit the road in the Philippines. In an effort, to reduce traffic, the numbers on your license plate determine which days you’re allowed to drive.
  • Russia

    Russia

    • Better Wash That Car: In Russia, you’re not allowed to drive an unwashed car, and if you do you could be fined.
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      Hitchhikers: If you see someone trying to hitchhike don’t try to be a nice person. Transporting hitchhikers is also illegal.

  • Cyprus

    Cyprus

    • Hands On The Wheel: Don’t check your phone, take a sip of water, or get a snack. Taking your hands off the wheel at any point can garner you a fine in Cyprus.
  • United States

    DC

    Hey it’s not just other countries that have some peculiar traffic laws. The US is far from immune. Though considering we are used to them, they don’t always seem as unusual. Visitors however feel differently. These are some of our traffic laws that are different to travelers.

    • 4 Way Stops: You must stop and and proceed in the order of who arrived first.
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      Open Containers: I’m more shocked that this is allowed anywhere. But as you likely are well aware open containers are prohibited from being in a vehicle that is “on”.

    • Right On Red: I can see how this would be confusing especially if you are used to driving on a different side of the road. But here in the US at most traffic lights, you’re allowed to turn right on red if no one is coming (or a sign prohibits it).
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      No Shopping On Sundays: Apparently in Colorado car dealerships are prohibited from being open on Sundays. At least if you’re a car dealer there you can get a weekend day off!

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