When traveling abroad, it’s important to pay attention to the local customs and rules that you follow in day-to-day life. This is particularly the case when it comes to driving in other countries. Here are four quirky driving rules in other countries to keep in mind if you’re planning an exciting getaway.
Parking in Spain
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If you’re planning to drive during your trip to Spain, make sure you always know the date. At the very least, you’ll need to know if it’s an even-numbered day of the month—and what side of the road has even-numbered addresses. Laws in cities in Spain say that you must park your car on the side of the road where houses have even numbers on even days of the month. The opposite holds true as well.
Lights, Food, and Drink in Cyprus
Maybe you think it’s hard to remember the even and odd day rules in Spain. Try remembering driving rules in Cyprus. Here, it’s illegal to eat or drink anything at all while you’re driving. You also cannot use car horns when near a hospital. In fact, don’t use horns at all in residential areas unless you’re in an emergency.
But that’s not all. You’ll also need to stay aware of the sun in Cyprus. You must put on the lights for your vehicle between a half an hour after sunset and a half an hour before the sun rises again.
Breathalyzers (Pack Your Own) in France
If you’re driving in France, remember that you’re required to carry and produce a valid breathalyzer if you’re asked to do so by a gendarme. This rule came into effect on July 1, 2012.
France also has it’s own rules about car lights. If a driver in France flashes their lights in your direction, it’s not a friendly invitation for you to go first. The complete opposite is true—they’re flashing you a reminder that they’re the ones with right of way.
Under The Car in Denmark
This one probably seems odd to anyone who isn’t Danish. Before starting the car, drivers in Denmark must check under their vehicle. Unless you’re in the practice of checking for bombs under your car, this rule might seem a bit strange.
Danish drivers aren’t checking for bombs, though. They’re checking to make sure there’s no person underneath the car. Does that make it any less strange? You be the judge, but be sure to follow driving practices when traveling abroad.
Keep in Mind…
No matter where you’re driving, there are certain things to keep in mind. No matter where or how you drive, auto insurance is a must. Pay attention to which side of the road the traffic uses and rules involving pedestrians as well.
If you’re driving abroad, it’s also important to get an international drivers permit. The IDP is what lets you drive legally in another country if you already have a valid driver’s license issued by your home state.
Depending on where you travel, you’ll need to follow different rules of the road. While some rules may seem quirky or completely strange to your driving sensibilities, it’s important to know the rules to keep yourself out of trouble.
Cheri, a freelance writer and editor, has had a passion for writing for as long as she can remember. From journals to informational articles and more, Cheri has written on a large variety of topics. As for her hobbies, Cheri loves traveling and exploring the world.