Posted on: 15/05/2014
While driving in different countries, there are many rules of the road that you may not know you're breaking. And some of them are pretty bizarre.
Check out these 8 freaky driving laws below:
1. Puppy love?
Make sure your canine does not harbour a weird fetish for tailgate lights or trailer hitches while in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, USA. You’ll be fined if your pet molests a vehicle.
2. Horse-ing around in Black Cabs
The UK's iconic black cabs are still designed with space for a bale of hay next to the driver - rules dating back to when hackney carriages were horse drawn.
They also have headroom enough to accommodate gentlemen wearing top hats, though the law governing this was repealed in the mid-1970s.
3. Checking for the plague
Taxi drivers should technically still check whether their passengers have smallpox or the plague. Anyone with the plague is still forbidden to hail a cab.
4. Monkey business
It's illegal in Massachusetts, USA to operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat.
5. Wind your arm in...
In Australia it's against the law to drive along with your arm, or any other part of the body, outside the car.
6. Keep covered up
In Thailand it's against the law for men to drive topless (women aren't mentioned, it's assumed the same rule applies to them as well).
7. Flaming hell
In Bulgaria drivers have to carry a fire extinguisher in their car.
8. Don't drink (water) and drive
Drinking anything - even water - while driving is illegal in Cyprus.
And in this article from Turn Eight, you can discover laws, tips and advice for driving specifically in Europe. Full of great content, this article is a must for anyone who wants to know what documentation to take when driving in Europe, and items that you need to carry. For instance, did you know that it is the law for you to carry a breathalyser in France?
Comment below with any bizarre road laws you've come across during international travel:
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