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The Weirdest Road Rules - News

Here in the UK, we might find it frustrating, or even absurd, when thinking about some of the laws that govern our roads. But comparatively speaking, if you look at some rules used across the globe, it soon becomes apparent that we shouldn't have much to complain about.

Here at TrackDays.co.uk, we'll walk you through some of the strangest road rules in the world. Whether it's strange age limits, or potentially dangerous pedestrian rules, there truly are some peculiar rules that will make you think twice.

  • Illegal to stop for pedestrians – Beijing, China

As the most populous capital city in the world, with 21 million people, Beijing in China is a city that you assume would have strict driving laws in the interest of everyone's safety – drivers and pedestrians alike. Well, in this instance, you'd be wrong.

It is officially illegal for cars to stop for pedestrians. Some places give pedestrians the priority, and in a city as densely populated as Beijing, perhaps a rethink of the rules wouldn't be the worst idea.

  • Illegal to wash your car on a Sunday – Switzerland

Yes, you heard that right. It is illegal to wash your car by hand at the end of the week in Switzerland. Sunday is considered a day of rest, and therefore washing your car is prohibited. You are allowed to wash your car in an automated car wash, but those are few and far between in the smaller Swiss towns and villages.

There's also a secondary reason, and that is the chemicals used to wash cars in some households could be damaging to nature when entering drainage and water systems. This motive is purely to preserve the outstanding natural beauty in Switzerland.

  • Legal to drink and drive – Costa Rica

In 2022, it's common knowledge that the effects of alcohol consumption have a negative influence on your cognitive function, especially when driving a car. In most countries, drinking under the influence of alcohol is illegal or restricted. However, in the central American nation of Costa Rica, it is 100% legal.

If you're not clearly intoxicated to the point of losing consciousness, it's absolutely fine to drink before, while and after driving.

If you're looking for a thrilling driving experience with more sensible rules and regulations to help you have a fun and exciting day, then visit our Driving Lessons page which you can book from at over 60 locations and venues across the UK through purchase of our Gift Vouchers.

The Weirdest Road Rules
08 August 2022
Trackdays

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