Honestly, with America being a sprawling nation, it’s practical for different areas to have different driving laws. Some terrain requires different safety than others, some cities are prone to different (bad) driving habits, and people in different areas have different takes on what makes drivers safer.
With that in mind, there are some driving laws that are just plain wacky. Here are a few of our favorites.
An old law says that drivers can go the wrong way on a one-way as long as they have a lantern attached to the front of the vehicle.
Don’t honk your horn at a sandwich shop in Little Rock – it’s illegal for drivers to honk “at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are sold after 9 p.m.”
It is illegal in CA for women to drive in…a bathrobe?
It’s also illegal to shoot animals from a moving vehicle. Unsurprising, but quite specific.
Just in case you didn’t know the steering wheel is of vital importance, Illinois made it illegal to drive without one.
It is illegal in NV to drive a camel on the freeway. But not on city streets, where you’re free to hold up traffic to your heart’s content.
Dogs and other pets must buckle up in the car or at least be in a pet carrier. One too many drivers were distracted by pets sitting on their laps while driving.
Also, those who have been charged with a DUI cannot apply to get a vanity license plate if the incident was within 10 years of the application. Trivial, but their lawmakers’ hearts were in the right place, I guess.
Women are not legally permitted to pump their own gas or change their own tire. Of course, that’s assuming there will be a man around to do it for them.
In Sag Harbor, it is illegal to disrobe in your vehicle.
Rollerblading on the road in Ohio is illegal. Get off the road, kids!
In Hilton Head, it is illegal to have trash in your car.
In Lubbock, it’s illegal to drive within an arm’s length of alcohol.
In Richardson, U-turns are illegal.
In Galveston, it’s illegal to drive down Broadway before noon on Sunday.
Also, across the state, it’s illegal to drive without windshield wipers. Though there is no law against driving without a windshield!