Six driving laws you probably haven’t heard of when you’re travelling abroad

The UK has seen a number of motoring laws come into place this year.

First up, a pavement parking ban was enforced in the country, while more clean air zones were launched.

But while you might not understand some of the rules in action, wait until you go abroad.

In fact, some regulations are so bonkers that you probably won’t know what to think.

Thanks to the motoring experts at Select Car Leasing, here are six rules you need to be aware of when you’re in another country.

From having a dirty car to driving topless, some of the restrictions could land you in hot water if you’re not too careful.

In Denmark, you must check if your kids are hiding under the car

Graham Conway, General Manager at Select Car Leasing, said: “Most drivers moan at some point or other about motoring laws.

“Not being able to eat a chocolate bar or having to keep music at a reasonable volume – both are covered by the Highway Code.

“There are also obvious rules such as speeding and drink-driving that clearly help keep people safe.

“But this list of regulations from other countries show how crackers driving laws can be.”

Denmark – You must check for kids hiding under the car before setting off

Ahead of any road journey, Danish motorists are required to look underneath their cars before driving off.

The law is said to protect workers using a manhole as well as kids who enjoy playing hide and seek.

United States – It’s illegal to buff or dry your car using underpants

The San Francisco law only applies to commercial vehicles so private car owners can employ their undies to achieve a good shine.

And it’s only used underwear, which is probably more for reasons of decency than anything else.

Russia & Belarus – You can be fined for having a dirty car

Keeping any vehicle clean and tidy makes sense so it runs efficiently and is more pleasant to drive.

But in some Eastern European countries this is taken a step further, as you could be landed with a hefty fine for having a filthy car.

Finland – Motorists must have their headlights on 24/7

Even if it’s a bright day and they’re wearing sunglasses to avoid the glare, Finish drivers must have their headlights on at all times.

The law is a result of their long winter periods where there is no daylight for weeks on end.

Man driving around topless
Driving around topless in Thailand isn’t allowed

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The Philippines – You can only drive on certain days due to your reg plate

This is to prevent heavy traffic building up in the capital Manilla and uses the last digit of the licence plate to impose restrictions.

For example, those ending in a 1 or a 2 are banned from driving in Metro Manilla on a Monday.

Thailand – It’s illegal to drive topless

Stripping off on hot days might seem a perfectly reasonable thing to do, but not in Thailand where it could land you in trouble.

It’s applicable to both men and women, and even covers those on bicycles, mopeds and tuk-tuks.


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