Driving rules! Do you know them? Whilst driving on the right is the obvious rule to remember, some countries might have some other driving laws that have slipped below your radar. Since the time to think about going abroad is getting closer and closer, we at EASR decided to bring together a list of some of the rules that make driving a little bit different in other countries.
Costa Rica – Drinking and driving.
Is actually legal! Just as long as you don’t get drunk. Forget cruise control, if you can keep your blood alcohol level to stay below 0.75% whilst having a beer, that’s some real self-control.
Cyprus – Drinking and driving.
Water! That’s right. In Cyprus, if you’re caught drinking water at the wheel you could get an €85 fine. So you can forget about that coke can, coffee cup, or even that protein shake. Speaking of shakes…
Cyprus – Shaking your fist at other drivers is illegal
We’ve all experienced a bit of road rage. No matter how much that idiot who cut you off deserves it, letting off some steam and giving them a piece of your mind could land you a fine. So, if you’re angry, just bottle it up! (But don’t drink it.)
Alabama – Driving while blindfolded
This law is suspiciously specific. So specific that there’s almost definitely a story behind this. It’s like seeing a sign that says ‘no breakdancing at the pool’ or going to Tescos and finding out the dishwasher pods are now kept behind the counter. Whatever the reason, let’s hope it was worth it. (It most likely wasn’t.)
Massachusetts – Driving with a gorilla in the backseat
This law is suspiciously specific. So specific that there’s almost definitely a story behind this. It’s like reading about a law that says ‘don’t drive while blindfolded in Alabama’ or going to Tescos and finding out the dishwasher pods are now kept behind the counter. Whatever the reason, let’s hope it was worth it. (It most likely was).
Either way, if your pet gorilla is in the car with you, make sure they’re riding shotgun or you could get landed with a fine.
Russia – Dirty Driving
In Russia, driving in a dirty car can land you a fine of 2,000 rubles (about £19). If only a car wash was included for paying the price of the fine. Now that’s a thought.
China – Don’t slow down for jaywalkers
Because of the number of accidents that have happened as a result of drivers slowing down for pedestrians, China has outlawed it outright. Wonder if it’s actually helped. Either way, no other country has adopted this law, probably for the best.
That’s our list! No matter what the country (though Russia most especially) having a stunning, dent-less, rust-free ride to tour the country with is universal. You don’t have to go abroad for a fast, cost-effective SMART Repair. In fact, you don’t have to go anywhere at all. Our SMART Repair experts will travel straight to your vehicle. All you have to do is fill out our form, email us at [email protected]martrepair.co.uk or give us a call at 0330 111 0203.