These strange US driving laws, believe it or not, are still in full force.
Most driving laws in the US were made to protect people and the safety of everyone on the road. If you’ve recently gotten your US driver’s license, then you probably remember these rules from your permit test. These include laws like how you should safely operate a vehicle in emergency situations or that you need to wear your seatbelt.
However, since each state or jurisdiction can make their own driving laws, there are some strange laws that still exist. Many of them were introduced a long time ago in a different time, but still are in effect as laws. While they might not be enforced anymore, they’re nonetheless strange.
Take a look at these 10 strange driving laws that still exist, from an in-depth article by hotcars.com.
Women can’t drive in bathrobes in California
That’s right, in California a law exists that makes it illegal for women to wear a bathrobe behind the wheel. Yes, we think this is silly, but it exists! We doubt this law is ever enforced but it's good to keep in mind.
You can’t by cars on Sunday in Michigan
But wait, this law gets even stranger. Apparently, this law is only true for cities with more than 130,00 people. So if you’re in a town of less than 130,000 people, your local dealerships can actually stay open on Sunday. Sounds like small towns had some political sway in Michigan back when this law was passed.
Camels cannot cross highways in Nevada
Back in the 19th century, camels were being imported to Nevada as part of the U.S. Army Camel Corps. There were so many camels imported that their presence became a nuisance and the state had to introduce a ban on camels crossing highways.
Don’t honk after 9pm in Arkansas
In 1938, Arkansas introduced a law to penalize drivers if they honked their horn after 9pm. It was originally created to prevent people from honking outside of fast-food places while they waited for their orders. Since the law, which still exists, didn’t specify this use, it can technically be used against anyone who honks their horn late at night.
Don’t leave trash in your car in South Carolina
Specifically, don’t leave trash in your car in Hilton Head, South Carolina. That’s right, the town has made it illegal to store trash in your car. Does that mean that no empty coffee cups? This seems pretty open to interpretation, but it’s probably a good rule of thumb anyway: Keep your car clean!
Firetrucks can’t drive faster than 25mph in Connecticut
In New Britain, Connecticut, firetrucks are only permitted to go 25mph, even if they’re on route to put out a fire. It’s unclear why or when this law was made in New Britain, but safe to say that firetrucks there don’t abide by it anymore.
No swearing and driving in Maryland
In Rockville, Maryland, using profanity behind the wheel toward another driver is a misdemeanor. Rockville has a law that makes it illegal to use curse words on a street, highway, or sidewalk. The reasoning is to protect others from hearing such words, to give others a right to live without hearing profanity. Good luck.
No dirty tires in Minnesota
In Minnetonka, Minnesota, you’ll need to keep your car clean. This town has passed a law making it illegal to drive around with dirt in or around your tires. The reasoning is dirty tires will leave dirt on the road and this is considered a public nuisance. Be sure to get a car wash if you come back into town from an off-road adventure.
Don’t get changed in your car in New York
In Sag Harbor, New York, the town passed a law that makes it illegal to take off your clothes in your car. The intent behind this law was to discourage people from hooking up in their cars, but the law broadly refers to disrobing in general. So, think twice before changing in your front seat if you find yourself in Sag Harbor.
Honk your horn when passing in Rhode Island
When passing another vehicle in Rhode Island, drivers are required to honk their horns. Violators are subject to fines if they fail to honk when passing, so be a good driving neighbor, and give a friendly honk when passing in Rhode Island.
Summary: Follow posted signs and speed limits
Those are our top 10 bizarre driving laws in the US. Our main takeaway: Be on good behavior when driving around the country and remember that each jurisdiction makes their own driving rules. Be sure to adhere to posted signs and speed limits, and of course, don't let your camels loose in Nevada.