Driving abroad can be confusing at the best of times. Converting miles per hour into kilometres, checking the admin, giving way to camels in Dubai, and never driving with sex toys. According to StressFreeCarRental.com, there are other laws that you need to know about before driving abroad.
Bizarrely in South Africa drivers are legally allowed to drive without insurance.
“It’s very easy for tourists to forget that different countries have several unfamiliar rules of the road, which they must be aware of whilst driving abroad.
“Motoring laws vary across the globe, you can be fined for not locking your car in most of Australia and it’s advised to honk when passing Prince Edward Island in Canada.
“Several laws may come across as unusual and unknown for road users, but there is no excuse to get to know the local driving customs and rules, else risk receiving hefty fines, and driving penalties – which may travel home with you on your licence.
Germany – Running out of fuel
When travelling along the autobahn in Germany, motorists need to ensure they have plenty of fuel for the journey as it is illegal to run out of petrol. This is because it’s against the law to stop on these super-fast roads.
South Africa – Driving without insurance
While it’s one of the biggest driving laws for many countries, road users in South Africa don’t need to purchase insurance when driving a car. However, many advise drivers to get one in the instance of extra protection from an accident.
Spain – Inflatable sex dolls
Following recent rule changes, tourists could now be charged for displaying inflatable sex toys whilst on popular hen and stag dos in Spain, driving or walking around with one on display could lead to fines of over £600.
UAE, Dubai – Camels come first
In the UAE, camels are referred to as important symbols and are respected highly in traffic laws. If a camel is spotted on the road, always give them the right of way.
USA – Turning right on a red light
Even though drivers don’t have the right of way, most US cities allow drivers to turn right on a red light if there are no other vehicles around. However, this rule does not apply for New York City, as it’s banned unless stated otherwise on a road sign. This driving rule can save lots of wasted time for travellers in the US.
Cyprus – Eating behind the wheel
For those who get a little peckish on roadtrips, when travelling through Cyprus it’s important to remember not to grab a bite to eat whilst driving. It is also illegal to drink (both alcohol and non-alcoholic) behind the wheel
India – Don’t drive without pollution certificates
To help the impact of air pollution, drivers in India must have a pollution control certificate to show that their vehicle is environmentally safe to drive. If motorists don’t provide a certificate, it could lead to a hefty fine.
UK – Holding your phone
A recent crackdown on phone usage behind the wheel in the UK means it is now illegal to hold a mobile phone, even if it is switched off and not in use, whilst driving. This rule still applies when stopped at a red light, queuing in traffic or driving a car with start-stop engines.
Australia – Fined for not locking vehicles
In most parts of Australia, it is legally an offence to leave any car unlocked. It’s vital for drivers to triple check their vehicles are locked after parking, even if leaving the car for just a few minutes, else risk receiving fines.
Canada – Beeping the horn when passing Prince Edward Island
It’s one of the most famous laws about Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. It’s very unlikely drivers actually get charged for not beeping the horn, but it is written in the rule books that motorists must honk when overtaking others.