If navigating a strange city is a daunting task, then driving in a different country is a complete pain in the ass. Strange road signs, speedometers that only work in kilometers, and steering wheel alignments that require you to shift with your left hand all stack up to throw you for a loop at a moment’s notice. And then there are the traffic laws, which can be just as twisted and confusing as the roadways themselves.
Last year, The Huffington Post did a brief report on some of the most bizarre driving laws from around the world, and while we found this list to be both surprising and amusing, we couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. So to give readers a better grasp as to how wacky things really are out there, we decided to find some even weirder laws that we could add to the list.
After a bit of digging, we turned up a handful of winners we had never heard of before — many of them came to us courtesy of the Autos section of Yahoo and the U.K. division of AOL, which also had some interesting entries. All of this information gave us pause as we wondered how in the hell any of these laws actually came to pass, because we know that at some point some jackass thought it would be a good idea to tie his goat to the luggage rack before heading into town.
But we don’t just want to focus on the extreme; we want to highlight the weird as well, because those are the laws that are more likely to affect the rest of us. So in order to offer a more streamlined cheat sheet, we have opted to break this list down by country of origin. Drive safe!
We begin our list with a simple but very strictly enforced law from Thailand. According to Yahoo, this popular Asian destination requires drivers (male or female) to keep their shirts on, regardless of how hot it is or what kind of car, bus, or “tuk-tuk cab” they may be driving. All we want to know is: If we aren’t driving, can we pull off our shirt and work on our tan?
2. South Africa
While South Africa only has one car for every five citizens, it still feels that it needs to have some laws in place to protect its livestock. Yahoo says it has a law in place stating “the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of a person leading or driving any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.” Fines can run up to $500 for anyone who doesn’t yield appropriately.
The tremendous increase in the number of cars has definitely made our life much more convenient. But with this comfort and leisure, there also comes a sense of responsibility while driving this vehicle on the roads. And for our and others safety, we must follow the traffic rules and regulations while driving.
So, here we present you the list of Top 10 Safety Rues You Must Follow While Driving a Car.
1. Never Drink and Drive
This is the golden rule of driving. Never ever drive if you are drunk because alcohol causes a number of impairments that lead to the car accidents. Even at low blood-alcohol levels, intoxication reduces the reaction time, lowers the guessing power and lowers inhibitions. At higher levels of alcohol, it causes blurred vision and even loss of consciousness. Seeing this huge impact of alcohol on the driving, drunken driving is a punishable crime which leads to a very heavy fine and can get you behind the bars as well.
2. Always Wear Your Seat Belt
It is the most essential thing to do for a car driver. A seat belt is must as they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or thrown through the windshield and flung completely out of vehicle during any misfortune and thus saves your life. According to a report, wearing a seat belt reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% to 50%. Although there are many stories of people being stuck in the car due to the seat belts but they are only exceptions and most of them are exaggerations or urban legends. In the overwhelming majority of car crashes, people have a greater chance of surviving if they are wearing a seat belt.
3. Follow Three Second Rule – Don’t Follow Too Closely
It is highly recommended to the car drivers to keep a safe distance between themselves and the car ahead. Because the other vehicle makes a sudden turn or stop, then the driver needs enough time to react in that situation. As it can be very difficult to estimate the recommended distance while driving and the exact distance would have it be adjusted for speed, so most experts recommend a “three-second rule”. This rule is simple. When the car ahead of you passes a stationary object on the side of road, start counting seconds. And at least three seconds should pass before your car passes the same object. At night or in inclement weather, this time can be doubled or six seconds. So, it is highly recommended that a proper distance is maintained between the vehicles while driving to avoid any mishap.