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Strange Driving Laws Across The Globe

Press Release: July 27, 2020

The weather is improving more and more each day, meaning we’re ever so slowly inching closer to summer. And what is summer synonymous with? Holidays! With record numbers of Britons going off abroad in 2019, there’s more of us renting cars and hitting the foreign roads — which begs the question, are there any strange laws we should be aware of?

The answer is yes. On the Glenshane Pass in Northern Ireland, drivers right of way is sacrificed to that of the sheep which are frequent on the hill. In Madrid, drivers are limited to the nights in which they can drive through the city. Likewise, the Arc De Triomphe roundabout in Paris offers drivers no insurance.

Here, we run through the strangest driving laws throughout the world.

Running dry in Germany

When driving on Germany’s Autobahns, which famously have no speed limits in some sections, you’ve got to abide by strict laws to make sure they can operate as safely as possible. It’s illegal to run out of fuel on the Autobahns — although this might sound an extremely bizarre law to have, it’s against the law to stop on the super-fast motorways to prevent any incidents.

If you’re travelling in Germany, we recommend keeping a close eye on your fuel gauge and plan stops at petrol stations along your journey to fill up.

United by Nudity in Germany

If you’re uncomfortable with nudity, make sure to avoid eye contact with other drivers.

In Germany, nudism, also known as Freikoerperkultur, is a popular movement endorsing free body culture — inside a car is considered private space, so if you fancy driving naked, go for it. It’s not against the law.

You will however have to drive with shoes on, because crashing while driving barefoot will invalidate your insurance cover.

Fined without proof in Austria

Here in the UK, you’ll be caught speeding by a sneaky police van tucked in a corner or behind a bush. You’ll spot it last minute, slam your breaks on, and will definitely still get caught.

However, in Austria, traffic police use a trained eye to estimate the speed of a car in areas of 30km/h. Doesn’t sound too reliable, right?

Depending on an estimate, the driver might be fined, even if they’re travelling under the speed limit.

DIY car cleaning in Switzerland

One of the more surprising ones, which when you think about it makes a lot of sense despite the initial confusion, is that it’s illegal to wash your vehicle on your driveway or outside your house. Switzerland don’t hate cleanliness, but the law is in place to stop the public contaminating the sewer system with soap — Scandinavian countries are the frontiers in shaping an environmentally friendly world with regulations and processes, and this law is a fantastic example.

If someone has scribbled out ‘clean me’ on the bumper of your car, don’t worry, you can go down to a car wash station and pay to use the facilities.

Unruly game shooting in America

We’re not really sure what to say about this law, but it’s definitely got to be in this list otherwise we’re sure it would be classed as invalid.

In California, it’s against the law to shoot any animal from your car. That’s perfectly understandable and a great regulation to protect wildlife. The catch? Unless if it’s a whale. Lucky us, we love harpooning sea life from our used Volvo XC40.

We’re not sure why California hate whales so much, but it seems a bit odd and definitely outdated since whaling was made illegal in 1971.

Leave your blindfolds at home in America

We’re not entirely sure how many people have done this for a law to be enforced banning it, but in Alabama, it’s illegal to drive blindfolded.

We wonder how envious Alabama inhabitants would be if they heard that we don’t have this law in place.


So, there we have some of the strangest driving laws in the world — it’s safe to say that some are certainly bizarre. Are there any others that you can think of?

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