When we learn to drive, it is constantly instilled in us to learn and follow the rules of the road – whether that means having the right car insurance or knowing your UK road signs. It can often be hard enough to fully understand the laws for the UK roads, never mind those of foreign countries if you ever go driving abroad.
There are some rather bizarre road rules out there and we've compiled a list of the ten weirdest driving laws around the world.
The UK is no stranger to seeing filthy vans scrawled with hand-written phrases like 'Wash me!' or 'Clean me!' In Russia, if you are caught driving around in a car that is dirty enough to write on using your finger, you will be left with a hefty fine. The law is in place to prevent the licence plates from being obscured by dirt so whether or not you get a fine is up to the discretion of the police officers.
Even though there are occasions in the summer months when the sun never sets in Sweden, drivers are still required to keep their headlights on 24 hours a day. This is why Volvo car models always have their headlights on!
Not everyone can rattle off what the drink-drive limit is in the UK and short of carrying around your own personal breathalyser machine, you may not know whether or not you are over the limit. However, that is exactly what you're required to do in France. Drivers are required to carry a kit in their vehicles at all times, so they can always know whether or not they are over the drink-drive limit.
We all either know someone with road rage or have experienced it first-hand ourselves. It's not uncommon to see an angry fist shake or a rude gesture on the UK roads, but it is exactly this type of behaviour that will land you with a hefty fine in Cyprus. Better think twice before you express your feelings in Cyprus!
Running out of petrol whilst on the motorway is not a situation anyone would happily find themselves in. Most people are very careful to avoid this happening by making sure to have a full tank of petrol before going on a motorway. If you do happen to find yourself in this unfortunate situation in Germany and have to pull over, you will be breaking the law. Stopping unnecessarily on Germany's Autobahn is illegal, and technically speaking, running out of petrol is deemed unnecessary as it is a situation that could have been avoided by filling up properly!
If you require prescription glasses for driving, you'll understand this Spanish rule. Drivers in Spain who wear glasses must always have an additional pair in the car, even if you may already be wearing a pair. Better to be safe than sorry!
Because the metro area of Manila suffers from heavy traffic during peak hours, the "colour coding" system was brought in to prevent major congestion. The law doesn't affect the colour of your car, but rather the final digit of your number plate. For example, if the number plate ends in 1 or 2, you can't drive in the area on Mondays between 7am and 7pm. If you're there on holiday and renting a car, make sure you check the other days of the week as well!
Japanese culture is known for being very respectful and polite. This courteous attitude has even been incorporated into their driving laws, as it is illegal in Japan to splash water or mud on a pedestrian. Doing so can get you fined, so as tempting as it may be, steer clear!
The law in China is considerably less courteous to pedestrians compared to their Japanese counterparts. In Beijing, it is against the law to stop for pedestrians. This must make crossing the road quite the challenge!
How does that old saying go? "I know my way around so well, I could drive there blindfolded". Well unfortunately, if you live in the state of Alabama, it is illegal to drive whilst blindfolded! We wonder what was going on in Alabama for them to create a law about this...