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More strange road rules from around the globe

When travelling overseas, driving on the right side of the road might seem like a challenge on to itself. But in some countries, you have a whole host of weird traffic laws to contend with too.

We’ve found even more crazy traffic laws from around the globe that could really drive you mad!

1. Thailand: It’s illegal to drive without your shirt on
Travelling topless in Thailand is a no-no. This law applies to men as well as women – and all motorists, whether it’s bike, car or tuk-tuk, you have to comply. If you chose to ignore the law and decide to go shirtless anyway, the penalty ranges from a slap on the wrist to a ticket for a few hundred baht (or approximately $12 AUD). It also might be worth noting it’s also illegal to leave your place of residence if you are not wearing underwear.

2. Saudi Arabia: Women are not allowed to drive
Weird, as it may sound, but Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that doesn’t allow women to get behind the wheel. While there is no official law that bans women from driving, deeply held religious beliefs prohibit it.

3. Cyprus: Don’t drink (or eat) and drive
In Cyprus, eating or drinking (even water) while driving is illegal. Yes, you read that correctly, grabbing a quick snack at a drive-through and chowing down while driving with your knees will net you an €85 fine (approximately $125 AUD). And don’t even think about taking a sip of that soft drink!

4. Sweden: Use your headlights 24 hours a day
In some countries, there are different laws pertaining to headlight usage at certain periods of time. However, in Sweden, drivers are legally required to keep them on 24 hours a day. Yes, even in the month of June when, in certain parts of the country, the sun never sets.

5. USA: Don’t drive blindfolded in Alabama
A common turn of phrase used when bragging is “I can do that blindfolded!”. While this law seems like total common sense, if you find yourself in Alabama, you might want to reconsider proving your driving prowess. According to Fox News, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama. We can only wonder how many have tried this for this law to be passed.

6. UK: Check your cab for a bale of hay!
There’s a law in the UK that states that ‘Hackney carriages’, or ‘black cabs’ as they’re better known, must carry a bale of hay and a bag of oats at all times. So next time you find yourself in London, make sure everything is legal and demand to see that bale of hay!

7. Japan: Don’t drive through puddles
Being polite is not just part of the Japanese culture, it’s also a part of their driving laws. In Japan drivers who splash through puddles and soak innocent pedestrians can be charged with “muddy driving.” If you manage to splash a pedestrian, you could be hit with a fine of about $85 AUD.

8. Australia: Animals can be vehicles
Animals such as dogs, pigs, cows, and horses can all qualify as vehicles if they’re being ridden or they’re drawing another vehicle (for example, a horse drawing a cart). The specifics of this rule differs between states and territories, but it essentially means that if you want to ride a goat or have that dog pull a carriage along, it might be in your best interests to keep it on private property

If you need help navigating the law, contact Perdriau Family Lawyers today

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