It’s important to read up on the rules of the road in your state. State driving laws can vary greatly, and “I didn’t know about that rule!” won’t get you out of a ticket. Every driver is required to have car insurance, for example, so knowing the basics about affordable auto insurance is a must. But there are more ways to break the law on the road than just driving without insurance…and some of those ways are pretty weird. If you’ve ever browsed the traffic laws of your state and thought, “I can’t believe that’s a law!” you’re not alone. Find out if your state made the list of the top 10 most unusual driving laws in the United States.
1. No Open Books in Oklahoma
Think twice before whipping out the latest edition of the Amazing Spider-Man while driving down I-35. It’s illegal to read a comic book while driving in Oklahoma.
2. Mind Your Manners in Maryland
Take care to contain your road rage in Rockville, Maryland. If you can’t, at least keep your car windows closed. Swearing from a vehicle is illegal in the city of Rockville.
3. Missouri Loves Company… Just Not Honking
Do you have a hard time relinquishing control on the road? Even if you are a backseat driver or an overexcited passenger, don’t take honking matters into your own hands in University City, Missouri. It’s illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car.
4. Blindfold-less in ‘Bama
We’d hate to think what incident caused this law to be passed. In Alabama, motorists may not operate a vehicle while blindfolded.
5. Don’t Embellish in New Jersey
Your lucky fuzzy dice could prove very unlucky indeed in New Jersey. It is illegal to drive a vehicle that is equipped in such a way that the decoration interferes with the driver’s vision, and anything hanging from your rearview mirror qualifies.
6. Salt-Free Curbs in California
Residents of Hermosa Beach, California hate to see anyone waste the garnish of a perfectly good margarita. Maybe that’s why it’s illegal to spill salt on a road in Hermosa Beach.
7. Mild Motorists in Minneapolis
If you are driving on Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, you better not be in your red Ferrari. It is illegal to drive a red car of any kind on Lake Street.
8. No Airborne Dogs in Alaska
If your Alaskan Husky has dreams of learning to fly, he’ll just have to settle with sticking his head out of the window. Alaskans are prohibited from tethering a dog to the roof of a car.
10. Keep It Down in Kansas
Sudden stops can elicit some hefty fines in Derby, Kansas. Screeching tires can get you 30 days in jail!
9. Don’t Show Off in Oregon
Not even Superman is allowed to show off his weight-lifting skills in Oregon. If you use a car on an Oregon highway to demonstrate your physical endurance, you will get a Class A traffic violation.