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Most Peculiar Traffic Laws Worldwide

If you find it difficult to get around in a new city, just imagine how difficult it must be to drive in a different nation. The odds are stacked against you when you encounter things like unpaved mountain passes, weird road signs, and speedometers that only show kilometers.

It's also possible that traffic rules aren't as clear as the roads they govern. This is what The Huffington Post said in a recent post. Highway Hero Driving Academy compiles 6 countries with peculiar traffic laws.

South Africa

Despite the fact that South Africa is said to have one automobile for every five residents, the country still believes that it has to enact severe livestock protection legislation.

A person leading or riding a horse, mule, ass, sheep, pig, goat, or ostrich on a route may request that the driver of a vehicle on a public road stop his or her vehicle, and the driver should comply. No-shows face fines of up to $500, and we're curious whether striking an ostrich would result in more animal cruelty charges.


While driving in Japan, Yahoo informed Highway Hero Driving Academy that it is against the law to squirt a pedestrian in the face with water. When typhoons leave a lot of standing water on roads in June, it seems that this legislation gets more attention from law enforcement. As long as the driver isn't drinking, everyone in the car of legal drinking age may have a drink.


People in Manila cannot drive in particular regions depending on the day of the week and the final number on their license plate, according to AOL's travel section. Congested zones might result in fines for drivers with plates ending in 1 or 2 who are discovered driving at particular hours of the day.

This is also true in certain parts of Paris, but Manila is far stricter about these safety-based laws because of the periodic floods caused by typhoons.

United States of America

Yes, it seems that our state has some peculiar rules of the road. Having sheep in the cab of a truck without a chaperone is unlawful in Montana, according to Yahoo Autos, while driving while blind is illegal in Alabama.

People in the state of New Jersey must honk before passing, which would confuse us since we'd never know if someone wanted to pass us, say hello, or alert others about dangerous drivers who like to blast their horns. Highway Hero Driving Academy will surely let you know something specific like this in their driving course.


There is a $55 fine for driving a dirty car, no matter whether it is on the exterior or inside. Therefore, washing your vehicle somewhere other than at home or at a car wash is against the law, this rule has proved difficult for some drivers during the winter months when salt and dirt are more likely to stick on a plate.


According to the Huffington Post, it is against the law to pull over on the high-speed motorway of the Autobahn for any reason other than an emergency. As it turns out, running out of gasoline is deemed driving carelessness, and drivers are liable to face hefty fines for harming themselves and others as a result of this error.

Sound Off

Which country do you think have the craziest traffic laws? Have you ever been there for a drive? Let us know in the comment section!

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