Worlds weirdest winter driving laws could cost UK holidaymakers thousands

The vehicle hire company has warned motorists planning to go on holiday this Christmas to be aware of local driving laws or face hefty fines.

With winter being a time in which drivers are more at risk of incidents, many countries enforce strict laws at this time of year.

John Charnock, CEO of advised drivers to always check the winter motoring laws of the destination they are travelling to in order to avoid fines.

He explained: “Failure to adhere to winter motoring laws around the world could see drivers fined and even jailed, so it is important to research before planning to drive abroad.

“Laws vary around the world from season to season and tourists could easily be unintentionally caught out just for wearing a winter coat in Spain.”

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Highlighting some of the weirdest winter driving laws from around the world, noted that it is illegal for Norway’s motorists to scare polar bears.

Whilst finding a polar bear out in the wild is a rare and unexpected occurrence, drivers must remember to slow down and stay calm when passing it.

In 2018 the Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported that a motorist who had scared two polar bears by driving past them at about 30mph received a 30-day jail sentence.

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German drivers are required to make sure that their car is winter ready by fitting the correct tyres to the vehicle.

In the country, all cars being driven during snowy or icy conditions must feature winter tyres marked with the letters “M + S”.

Drivers who neglect to fit these tyres with extra grip risk facing a fine of €40 (£35) and penalty points on their licence.

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Finally, whilst the cold winter months may make drivers want to wrap up in a warm winter coat, drivers in Spain must make sure it is not too thick.

According to local laws, drivers must not wear clothing that is too restrictive or could reduce mobility, including coats and gloves, else they could face a €200 (£173) fine.

Nonetheless, in a number of American states, it is illegal to remove clothing whilst behind the wheel, with motorists being fined for not pulling over to safely take off coats and jumpers when the heater has warmed up.

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