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50 Weird Driving Laws in the US

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We’ve all heard a handful of funny laws that make you wonder the backstory of its creation. For instance, did you know it’s illegal to stick an ice cream cone in your back post in Alabama and Georgia? This was to prevent thieves from luring away other people’s horses.

It’s also a common misconception that it is illegal to drive barefoot. While a little unusual, it is legal to drive barefoot and safer than driving with high heels, flip-flops or heavy boots. However, there are more crazy driving laws in every state.

50 Weird State Laws for Drivers

    1. Alabama – It is illegal to drive while blindfolded. Because that had to be blatantly stated.
    2. Alaska – It is illegal to tie a dog to the roof of your car. However, there is no mention of tying a dog to a different spot on the car, or tying a different animal to the roof.
    3. Arizona – You know what they say, “keep moving forward.” In Arizona, you cannot drive a car in reverse on a public road.
    4. Arkansas – In Little Rock, the state’s capital, it is illegal to honk your car horn anywhere that serves cold drinks or sandwiches after 9 p.m. So don’t even think about getting the Sonic waitstaff’s attention this way if you need a late night snack.
    5. California – It is against the law for women to drive in a housecoat, so no dropping off the kids at school in your robe.
    6. Colorado – In Denver, it is illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday. Maybe their hearses are pink?
    7. Connecticut – Don’t go painting your car bright orange or camouflage; it is against the law to hunt from a car.
    8. Delaware – In Fenwick Island, you’re not allowed to change your clothing inside a car. You’ll have to find a changing station or restroom to put on your swimsuit.
    9. Florida – You must feed the parking meter if you tie an elephant, goat or alligator to it. You know, normal pets.
    10. Georgia – It is illegal to drive through a playground. The swing set can’t support your car anyways.
    11. Hawaii – It is illegal for any vehicle motion to use its hazard lights. You’ll have to stop completely before hitting that hazard button.
    12. Idaho – In Idaho Falls, it is against the law for anyone over the age of 88 to ride a motorcycle. Looks like Grandpa isn’t getting a Harley Davidson for his 90th birthday.
    13. Illinois – It is illegal to drive a car without a steering wheel. So take that RC car off your wish list.
    14. Indiana – It is against the law to sell cars on Sundays. No mention of buying a car, though.
    15. Iowa – In Mount Vernon, it is illegal to throw your Red Ryder onto the highway. Sorry, Ralphie.
    16. Kansas – You won’t find a KFC along Kansas Avenue in Topeka; it is against the law to transport dead poultry on this road.
    17. Kentucky – It is illegal for your pet to molest a vehicle in Fort Thomas, however “molest” is not clearly defined. To be safe, keep Fido’s “dancing” to a minimum.
    18. Louisiana – By law, a woman’s husband is required to wave a flag in front of her car before she can drive it. Ladies, start your engines.
    19. Maine – It is illegal to buy a car on Sunday. Maybe Maine and Indiana can team up to form some kind of loophole dealership.
    20. Maryland – In Rockville, it is against the law to swear from a vehicle. Not too sure how you can enforce that if a car’s windows are closed.
    21. Massachusetts – You cannot drive with a gorilla in the backseat. Looks like King Kong’s got shotgun.
    22. Michigan – It is illegal to sit in the middle of the street and read a newspaper. iPads and Kindles have swiftly avoided this law.
    23. Minnesota – You will be considered a public nuisance if your truck leaves mud, dirt or sticky substances on the roads in Minnetonka. Better find your nearest carwash.
    24. Mississippi – Do not honk your horn in Oxford, otherwise you may scare nearby horses. Not starting any stampedes here.
    25. Missouri – You cannot honk someone else’s horn in University City. If you really gotta toot a horn, make sure its your own.
    26. Montana – You must have a chaperone if you are driving sheep in your truck. Sheep can get pretty reckless, y’know.
    27. Nebraska – On mountain highways, drivers must stay to the right. But there is no mountain in Nebraska…
    28. Nevada – It is illegal to ride a camel on the highway. Maybe this spittin’ animal prefers to do so on the sidewalk, anyways.
    29. New Hampshire – It is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of “inducing euphoria.” The kids will have to find other ways to pass time.
    30. New Jersey – If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may not apply for a personalized license plate. But what if it said “Drunk Driver”?
    31. New Mexico – Cab drivers may not reach out and pull potential customers into their taxis. That would be a terrifying situation.
    32. New York – In Sag Harbor, it is illegal to disrobe while in your car. If your Friday night date is going well, find someplace else to continue the evening.
    33. North Carolina – It is illegal to drive through a cemetery if you are not there to dig a grave or bury someone. So no swerving between the headstones for fun.
    34. North Dakota – It is against the law to put a penny in an automatic parking ticket machine. You’ll have to pay for parking with other currency, like a normal person.
    35. Ohio – In Cincinnati, taxi drivers may only wear shorts from May 16 through Labor Day. Hopefully the cab’s AC is good to go for those dog days of summer.
    36. Oklahoma – It is against the law to read a comic book while driving. You’ll have to pull over if you want to see the end of Superman’s epic fight.
    37. Oregon – It is illegal to leave your car door open for longer than “necessary.” Do you think police officers have stop watches to time you and enforce this law?
    38. Pennsylvania – When driving on a country road at night, drivers must stop every mile to set off flares and wait 10 minutes for livestock to cross the road. Better factor that into your estimated arrival time.
    39. Rhode Island – It is against the law to ride a horse down the highway for the purpose of racing or testing the speed of the horse. Because racing is the most absurd way to use a horse, isn’t it?
    40. South Carolina – In the vacation town of Hilton Head, it is unlawful to store trash in your vehicle. You don’t want rats in your car.
    41. South Dakota – You can get your driver’s license starting at 14 years old. That’s just… alarming.
    42. Tennessee – It is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving vehicle. You know, because of the ocean that Tennessee is totally next to.
    43. Texas – You must have windshield wipers to register a car. But the windshield overall is optional.
    44. Utah – Birds have the right of way on highways. Because their tax money is what paid for those streets.
    45. Vermont – In Rutland, it is illegal for cars to backfire. Why? You might wake someone up.
    46. Virginia – In Waynesboro, it is illegal for a woman to drive her car down Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of it waving a red flag. Red flags must be a popular wedding gift then.
    47. Washington – Any motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits to call the chief of police as he or she is entering town. Do you think any criminal is that honest, though?
    48. West Virginia – While incredibly disgusting, it is perfectly legal to eat roadkill.
    49. Wisconsin – It is illegal for a bicyclist to ride with his or her hands off of the handlebars. Look, ma! My hands are still on the handlebars!
    50. Wyoming – You risk a $750 fine if you do not close a gate over a road, river, stream or ditch behind you. Because a closed gate will definitely keep predators from the farm pastures.

Bonus…

  1. Washington, D.C. – You can be ticketed for not completely pulling your car into your driveway. You knew you could be ticketed on your own property.

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