Sometimes new drivers write to us because we’re well known for being super car enthusiasts. We love driving because it truly is one of the most stress relieving activities. Of course, that isn’t to say that there aren’t complications when you’re dealing with being on the open road and handling other drivers. A defensive stance on driving is truly the best stance, especially if you want to keep car insurance premiums as low as possible. We reached out to the great team at Northgate to pull in more facts about driving laws around the road. So the next time you feel like complaining about the driving laws, think about these new ones and count your blessings!
1. You Better Bring Hay
You probably aren’t pulling a horse and carriage combo anytime soon, but if you decided to get a little too vintage for your own good, you’d have to abide by UK law that states a driver of a hackney must have hay and oats for the horses. To us this one isn’t totally crazy, as horses do need food. Haven’t you been hungry on the road? We’re sure you can see our point.
2. Breathalyzers For All
The Eiffel Tower is worth seeing in person, but if you ever wanted to drive through the French countryside, you’d need to carry a breathalyzer. Yes, that means that every single French citizen you see on the roads has one in their car, just in case. Maybe the wine really is too potent?
3. No Speed Limits? (Only in THIS Place!)
It’s actually against the law to stop on the German motorway, also known as the autobahn. There are no speed limits and you cannot break down on the side of the road. Somehow, the German drivers seem to do just fine, and they get where they want to go without too many accidents. How interesting!
4. Don’t Go Topless (Men Included!)
If you want to drive in Thailand, you have to make sure that you are fully dressed. The local government frowns on men and women driving topless, even though there’s always someone that thinks they can get around the rules. Don’t be that person!
Overall, not all of these driving laws are completely crazy. Some are designed to protect animals, while others are designed to promote the modesty norms of the area. Either way, if a law carries penalties for breaking it, it makes sense to be aware of it. It can be frustrating for a new driver because it feels like you’re never going to learn all of it. Trust us, it only feels that way in the beginning — it absolutely gets better with time!