Driving is a universal act, but the laws that govern it are certainly not the same. Laws regarding driving vary from state to state, and province to province, and country to country.
You probably know the most common laws for your local area, but did you know that you’ve probably broken at least a few laws without even knowing it?
While it’s true that this may vary based on your location, you might be surprised to find out some crazy driving laws that technically still exist.
United States of America
The USA is known for many bizarre driving laws which vary from state to state. Some of these laws have been around for decades and decades, often forgotten but still present in the state codes.
Here are some of the craziest driving laws still in effect in the USA today.
- In the state of Washington, it’s illegal to hug someone while behind the wheel.
- In Alaska, it’s illegal to hold a piece of wire across the length of any road.
- In Arkansas, it’s illegal to honk the horn of your car at any restaurant having cold drinks of sandwiches on the menu
- In Colorado, it’s illegal to “throw” missiles at cars.
- In Delaware, it’s illegal for you to change clothing inside your car.
- In Illinois, it’s illegal to have fuzzy dice hanging from your rear-view mirror.
While these aren’t all the crazy laws still in effect, they do make up a good sample size and show you just how strange things can get.
As with the USA, the UK is home to many bizarre driving laws that still exist to this day, read below to see some crazy laws that are still in effect.
- In the UK you’re not allowed to have any dirt on your license plate.
- In the UK splashing a pedestrian by driving through a big puddle is illegal.
- In the UK, cursing at another driver on the road is illegal and punishable by law
- In the UK honking illegal unless done for warning or safety reasons. Honking at someone for no reason or out of anger is illegal.
- In the UK warning drivers of police activity or speed traps is illegal, this includes common signs such as flashing your lights, honking your horn, or any other type of obvious signal.
While the UK may not seem as crazy as the US, they still do have some laws that most motorists may not know about!
Hopefully this list gave you a laugh and still opened your eyes to laws that you may possibly be breaking. When I was living in Japan we had similar laws. One of the craziest ones was having to get rid of our vehicles after they reached a certain mileage, or face a very hefty tax/fine.
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