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17 Weird European Driving Laws

17 Weird European Driving Laws

Recently, we took a look at some weird laws from each of the fifty states. But, what about the rest of the world? Keep reading to find out why it’s illegal to run out of gas on a highway in Germany.

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Dogs must put on a seat belt in Italy.

To those living in Italy, this law makes total sense. But to those abroad, they might be scratching their heads in confusion. Due to the absolute insanity that is driving in Italy (speaking from experience), it’s in the dog’s best interest to be securely strapped in. With narrow lanes and incredibly sharp turns, it’s best to buckle in lil’ Lassie.

Italy, you’re full of beautiful locations and some truly insane drivers.

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Drivers can park in any direction in England.

Honestly, I wish this was legal everywhere. In certain districts, the driver is allowed to park in any direction they want. Imagine not having to go through the stress of not doing a U-turn and trying to cram into an awkward spot just because it’s the only one available in your direction? Sign me up!

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Drivers must carry a fire extinguisher at all times in Turkey.

We love being safe at all times, right? As an extra precaution, it’s required for all citizens in Turkey to carry a fire extinguisher in case something goes wrong.

You don’t need to wear clothes while driving a car in Germany.

Since the car is considered to be a private space, there’s no rule about driving without clothes in Germany. However, you cannot expose private areas on purpose. So, feel free to wear your birthday suit while driving!

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No drinking water while driving in Cyprus.

Drinking while driving is never a good idea, but why would that extend to water? Drivers can’t even take a sip then stopped at a stoplight- they have to pill over and completely shut off the vehicle before taking a sip of that sweet H20.

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The front seat passenger can’t drink too much in Macedonia.

Okay, this one makes sense – when a friend has had a little too much to drink, they’re not entirely in control of their actions. This can lead to them being a distraction to the driver, so maybe it’s for the best they have to sit in the back seat.

You must use your hazard lights when backing up in Slovenia.

It’s always important to make sure other drivers know what you’re doing, and Slovenia takes that rule seriously. Drivers must use hazard lights when backing up.

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Double-check to make sure the engine is okay before driving in Denmark.

Before hitting the road in Denmark, drivers have to make sure their engine is working properly. This one might be a good practice for everyone; by giving your engine a quick glance, this would help eliminate any potential issues.

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All cars in Luxembourg must have windshield wipers.

Wait, are there some cars that don’t? How else is the driver supposed to be able to see the road when driving in unfavorable weather conditions? Come on guys, we’re better than this.

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Children under the age of 10 cannot sit in the passenger seat in France.

I’m all about keeping children safe, but wouldn’t a kid by age eight or nine be big enough to safely sit in the passenger seat? Well, better be safe than sorry, I guess.

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Drivers must have a breath analysis test in their car in France.

For a country well known for its adult beverages, I have to say this one makes sense. Sometimes, people think they’re able to drive after a few drinks when they really shouldn’t be. Having one of these handy would be a great way to keep hammered people off of the road.

On one-way streets in Bulgaria, drivers can only park on the left.

This one hurts more than helps, considering they drive on the right in Bulgaria. Not really sure what the thinking is here, but alrighty then.

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Be sure to have an extra pair of glasses when driving in Spain.

It’s important for those with vision impairment to have a pair of glasses with them when driving, but not having a spare set will result in a ticket in Spain. Maybe the cops just want people to be prepared in case they lost their first pair?

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Don’t run out of fuel on a highway in Germany.

Remember how I said earlier how you’re allowed to be undressed in your car in Germany? Imagine how awkward it would be if you were undressed and then ran out of gas. Maybe this law is in place due to Germany’s loose speed limits. This seems more like a safety precaution than anything else.

Honking in a developed area between 11:30 pm and 7:00 am in England will land you in a world of hurt.

Keep it down, okay? It’s rude, and you’ll get yourself a ticket!

Make sure you have wooden blocks in Estonia.

Remember those wooden blocks you used to play with as a child? Well, keep some on deck if you ever find yourself driving in Estonia. Although it might seem weird, the reasoning is pretty sound; these blocks are going to be very useful in the event of the car breaking down on a slope.

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No driving a filthy car in Russia.

Have some pride, okay? You’ll get a nice ticket if you’re caught driving a dirty car in Russia. I can say for sure I would’ve gotten a ticket if I lived there. But hey, sounds like opening up a car wash would get you big bucks!