8 Weird Driving Facts from Around the World

8 Weird Driving Facts from Around the World

It’s illegal in Australia to leave your keys in the ignition.

If you’re more than three meters away from your car in Australia, make sure you take the keys with you. It is illegal to leave your keys in the ignition, leave your vehicle unlocked, or leave the windows completely open if you are more than three meters away from the vehicle.

You can get a driver’s license in Mexico without taking a test.

You read that right. Mexican drivers over 18 can simply purchases a license for the price of 628 pesos. As long as you are 18, no test is required.

Thanksgiving is dangerous for drivers.

US drivers who take to the roads on Thanksgiving are way more likely to get into an accident than drivers on any other holiday. This is probably due to the fact that many Americans travel across major interstates on this holiday in order to visit family members.

Niger has the highest minimum driving age in the world.

If you’re from Niger, you won’t be driving on your 16th, or even 18th birthday. Residents of this Western African nation are not allowed to drive a car until they are 23.

In Japan, it is illegal to splash a pedestrian by driving through a puddle.

If you drive too quickly through a puddle and end up splashing a pedestrian in Japan, be prepared to pay a fine. During typhoon season, when there are a lot of puddles around, Japanese law enforcement tends to fine more people for this misdemeanor.

In South Africa, you stop for animals.

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Only 1 in 5 people in South Africa actually have a car. Many South Africans still relay on livestock for parts of their livelihood, which is probably why there is a traffic law requiring drivers to stop for livestock. The law clearly states, “the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of leading or driving and bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.”

In France, you need to keep a breathalyzer in your car.

The French are known for producing some of the world’s finest wines, but they are also cracking down on drunk driving. French drivers are required to keep their own breathalyzer in their vehicles at all times.

It’s Illegal to Drive a Dirty Car in Russia.

If you’re visiting Russia, you won’t want to let members of law enforcement catch you ridin’ dirty. You can receive a fine for not keeping your car in clean condition.

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