It's not just driving on the right hand side of the road that you might need to consider when driving abroad. Many countries have their own rules, customs and even dress codes for road users - and some of them are downright strange.
The AA advises all drivers to make sure they know the rules of the road in the countries they're visiting, and these are constantly being updated, so do keep an eye out. Did you know, for example, that France has recently introduced a compulsory law which means you have to carry a breathalyser in your car? Or that in Spain you can be fined on the spot for not using your indicators on a motorway when overtaking?
While some laws are very sensible, others are a little harder to comprehend. TravelSupermarketrecently devised a list of the most unusual rules of foreign roads. And, as we wouldn't want you to get caught out driving topless in Thailand or being arrested for driving a dirty car in Belarus, we've selected our faves in the slideshow below. Don't dare drive on your next holiday without reading this first!
Strange driving laws around the world
Driving abroad: Weird laws of the road
The next time you’re in Belarus, be sure to keep your car clean as driving a dirty one is against the law.
In France, although the law imposing an 11 euro fine has been postponed indefinitely, you are legally required to carry an unused self-test breathalyser in your vehicle.
Expect spot checks of your GPS system in Germany. Police check to see whether it has been set up to alert drivers to where speed cameras are - if it is you’ll be asked to turn it off.
In Cyprus, you are not allowed to eat or drink anything while driving – the “no drinking and driving rule” doesn’t just apply to alcohol, but soft drinks too.
In Italy, you will be fined for driving into a historic zone, or Zone Traffico Limitato (ZTL), without the correct permit.
If you require prescription glasses to drive, you'd better ensure you have a spare pair in your car next time you’re driving in Spain, otherwise you are breaking the law.
You can be given a ticket for driving too slowly in the USA.
It is strictly taboo to drive without a shirt in Thailand, and doing so could result in a fine.
In Denmark, it’s compulsory to check under your car for people before setting off on your journey
Traffic in Manila, Philippines, is so bad that you are not allowed to drive your car on certain weekdays. Registration plates ending in a 1 or 2 are banned on Mondays, 3 or 4 Tuesdays, 5 or 6 Wednesdays, 7 or 8 Thursdays and 9 or 0 Fridays.
In California, it is illegal for female motorists to wear a dressing gown behind the wheel.