Driving abroad can be hard work – everyone else drives on the wrong side of the road for a start – but some countries have strange and, in some cases, apparently inexplicable laws that even the most well-travelled motorist could fall foul of.
So here, in no particular order, are some strange driving laws from different countries…
1. Go right on red (USA)
There’s nothing quite like driving along the spacious open roads of the USA, but things can get a little confusing at traffic lights as it’s legal to make a right turn when the lights are on red – provided the coast is clear.
It’s an eminently sensible piece of legislation – their right turn is the equivalent of our left turn, so no cutting across traffic – but one that can leave tourists wondering why the cars behind are beeping and flashing them to run a red light!
2. Cash or card? (Portugal)
Anyone who has ever driven in Europe will probably have heard the horror stories of the amount of on-the-spot fines that get issued on the continent, but police in Portugal seem particularly keen to part motorists from their money as many have portable ATM machines in their patrol cars.
3. Raise your glasses (Spain)
Meanwhile, just across the border in Spain, anyone who wears glasses must keep a spare pair in their vehicle at all times. Presumably on the spot fines all round for anyone packing just the pair on their eyes.
4. Don’t mess with your toot-toot (Austria)
It’s illegal for motorists to sound their car horn in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
5. Leave a light on (Italy and Scandinavia)
Anyone driving in Italy or most parts of Scandinavia must have their headlights on at all times. The reason is to improve visibility and road safety, particularly when it gets gloomy, and is the reason why you always see Volvos driving round with the lights on, regardless of the visibility.