Traffic rules in foreign countries typically are designed to suit their specific driving habits and culture. These rules may be quite different from those in the United States.
It is a good idea for travelers planning to rent a car to be familiar with the driving rules at their destination, especially since some of the rules may be quite unusual.
Some of the most unusual rules include –
French traffic rules require drivers to carry a breathalyser with them. Drivers are required to have a tow bar and a 3m rope with them in Serbia. In Spain, drivers wearing glasses are required to have an additional pair of glasses in the vehicle.
Also in some Spanish cities, cars have to be parked on different sides of the road depending on the day of the week.
In Scandinavia, headlights are required to be switched on at all times – including during the day. Russia bans picking up hitchhikers on its roads.
Belgium traffic laws forbid driving a dirty car while in Germany winter tires are mandatory during select times of the year.
Be sure to check the local regulations when you rent a vehicle in a foreign city. It certainly would put a damper on your trip if you received a hefty fine for driving a dirty car or forgot to put your headlights on during the day.