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Seven driving laws you MUST know before heading abroad on vacation

Driving laws are different in every country – and some holiday destinations have some very bizarre road rules.

Here we explain laws you MUST know before traveling abroad so you don’t get caught.

In Greece it is forbidden to smoke in the car

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In Greece it is forbidden to smoke in the carPhoto credit: Getty

1. ONLY TOOT IN AN EMERGENCY

In Denmark, car horns may only be used in an emergency.

This means drivers should not honk their horns unless an audible warning is absolutely necessary to prevent an accident.

This only applies to towns and cities, though – so if you’re traveling through a rural area, you can get away with a tut.

2. NO EATING OR DRINKING – EVEN WATER

You are not allowed to drink water behind the wheel in Cyprus

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You are not allowed to drink water behind the wheel in CyprusPhoto credit: Getty

Eating and drinking while driving laws vary around the world.

But if you’re in Cyprus, be aware that it’s illegal to eat or drink anything – including water – while driving.

Motorists risk fines of 80 euros if caught.

3. BAN ON FLIP-FLOPS

There is no specific law against driving in flip-flops in Spain, but it is illegal to drive in unsuitable footwear – and they certainly fit.

Any shoes or sandals that do not have a strap around the back of the ankle – or being barefoot – are not permitted.

Fines for non-compliance start at 80 euros, but can quickly skyrocket.

4. NO SMOKING

While it may be legal in the UK – provided no one under the age of 18 is in the car – driving while smoking is against the law in Greece.

It comes under the banner of any distraction affecting your feet on the controls.

5. RESPECT HISTORY

In Rome, certain historical areas are only open to authorized drivers to protect valuable buildings. Don’t get caught looking for the signs – the GPS may not be able to save you.

The City of Rome has imposed driving bans on the historic city center and surrounding outer rings, including the districts of Trastevere, San Lorenzo and Testaccio.

Each zone has specific rules. Certain zones prohibit all vehicles from entering during certain hours, while other areas only apply to vehicles with higher emissions.

6. DUST DOWN

It is illegal to drive a dirty car in Russia

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It is illegal to drive a dirty car in RussiaPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

In Russia, Belarus and Romania it is illegal to drive a dirty car.

If your car isn’t sparkling clean, you could be hit with an outright fine.

7. NO BICYCLES IN THE BACK OF THE CAR

Rear bike racks are not allowed in Portugal.

Drivers are not permitted to attach two-wheeled vehicles to the rear of the car.

Brits who decide to go on a cycling holiday in Portugal should opt for a roof rack instead.

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8463873/driving-laws-must-know-holiday-abroad/ Seven driving laws you MUST know before heading abroad on vacation

Fry Electronics Team

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