The Strangest Driving Rules from Around the World

Red lights, Seat belts and Zebra Crossings… We all need to follow the rules of the road to keep ourselves and our fellow road users safe, but in some countries the driving rules are so wacky, it’s fair to say that their rules and regulations have gone one step too far.

This feature outlines the most far-fetched driving rules from around the world so buckle up; these ridiculously strange rules are set to drive you crazy!



In Russia, it’s a fineable offence to be caught driving a dirty car. When is a car deemed too dirty? If someone can write ‘Wash Me’ with their fingers on your car that’s a pretty good indication.



In Manila, if you’re driving on a Monday and your number plate ends in a ‘1’ or a ‘2’, well you better get off the road as it’s not your day. Then, on a Tuesday those ending in a ‘3’ or a’4’ can’t drive and so on. Confusing stuff.



In Cyprus, you can be fined for eating or drinking while driving and that includes water. Better hope it’s not too hot a day.

So, it’s a hot day and you’re not allowed to drink water when driving. Someone pulls out abruptly in front of you. Perhaps you gesture in a slightly aggressive way? Wrong. In Cyprus, this could earn you a €15 fine.



In Mexico, you can just buy your license. Never mind a driving test. Not very reassuring but it’s set to change so grab your license while you can.



They’re a very considerate bunch in Japan, so much that drivers are required to slow down when passing puddles if a pedestrian is near. Irish drivers could take a lesson here…

In another compassionate move for the Japanese, it could be an instant fail of your driving test if you don’t check for cats under the car before getting in.



Oh India, where to begin. Sure, there are many road rules it just doesn’t seem like anyone sticks to them.

There are more road deaths in India than any other country in the world. A British Medical Journal Study states that 37% of these deaths are pedestrians.

Traffic lanes appear to be a rough guide as weaving in and out of traffic lanes is the preferred driving method.

If you get into an accident, make sure to yell and curse first as this is a sign of innocence.

Horns are used always to say many different things.



Police officers do not always carry breathalysers and rely on a sniff test to determine if the can smell alcohol.


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