Weirdest Driving Laws In The U.S.Last Updated September 19, 2016
We all know the basic rules of the road: use your turn signals, stop completely at stop signs, turn off your high beams when approaching other drivers, etc. But, there are some lesser-known driving laws that many U.S. drivers don’t know about. Check out our latest infographic to learn what they are!
While most of the laws on the books are designed to protect us, there are more than a few weird ones still in effect that make no sense. For example, did you know that in Texas, it is illegal to sell your eyeballs? Or that in Indiana, for the safety and comfort of your fellow man, it’s illegal to attend a public event or use public transportation after you eat onions or garlic?
These oddball laws aren’t just limited to body parts and eating habits – there are plenty that apply to roads and driving, too. We’ve collected some of the weirdest driving laws from around the country, for your entertainment and education.
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The western part of the United States is known for its stunning mountain ranges, its expansive deserts and apparently, some really strange driving laws. In Arizona, it’s illegal to put your car into reverse on a public road – ever. Maybe no one ever parallel parks in Arizona? In Colorado on the other hand, we hope you don’t need to go anywhere on Sunday if your car is black. In Denver at least, it’s illegal to drive a black car on Sundays.
Animals aren’t immune from driving laws either. In Montana you need to have a chaperone to have a sheep in your truck, and in Nevada it’s illegal to ride a camel on the highway. Are there lots of camels in Nevada? Someone let us know in the comments!
Now we can’t forget about the beautiful Pacific States – these gems have some of the oddest laws we’ve seen yet.
Make sure your new driverless cars have a governor, Google, because it’s illegal for any car without a driver to move more than 60 mph in California. In Alaska, it doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, it is illegal to live in a trailer that’s being hauled across the city. Also, it’s illegal in Alaska to tie dogs to car roof racks, but you shouldn’t need a law to tell you that.
Don’t forget your car seats if you’re heading to Oregon, since it’s illegal to transport babies on your cars’ floorboards. Actually, don’t forget your car seats at all – safety first for those little ones!
If you’re heading to Washington with criminal intent in mind, make sure you stop at the state line, call the sheriff and declare your intentions before you enter the state.
Finally, we can’t leave the Pacific states without a trip to Hawaii, where seat belts are required by law - unless the car is full. Then, anyone over 12 can just ride in the bed of the truck.
The Midwest states are a great place for a long, scenic drive. Just make sure you keep your tires quiet – squealing your tires in Derby, Kansas, can land you in jail for up to 30 days.
If you come across some cows on the road in Wisconsin, don’t hit them. Livestock has the right of way here, so just be patient. In Illinois, it’s illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel, so don’t trade out your wheel for a joystick just yet.
Finally, in Missouri, it’s illegal to honk someone else’s horn – so keep those honking-hands to yourself.
The Northeastern United States is the place to go for fresh seafood, fantastic culture and some really weird driving laws.
In Connecticut, try not to set anything on fire because, by law, fire trucks cannot drive more than 25 mph. New Jersey is full of all sorts of weird laws, like it’s illegal to pump your own gas or to frown at a police officer.
In Rhode Island, keep your horses off the highway – it’s illegal to ride a horse across the highway in the state.
Ah, the beautiful Southern states, the best place for sun, sweet tea and for ... getting a ticket for cursing? That’s right! In Maryland, it’s illegal to curse while on the highway, so keep that road rage in check.
In South Carolina, by law, you need to stop at least 100 feet from a four-way intersection and discharge a firearm to warn horse traffic that you’re coming.
In Texas, in addition to not being able to sell your eyeballs, your car has to have windshield wipers in order to be registered. However, you don’t necessarily have to have a windshield. Finally, in Tennessee, you can’t hunt from your car unless you’re hunting whales.
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