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World's Strangest Traffic Laws

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Everyone knows not to speed. But these arcane traffic rules could catch you by surprise—and cost you—when you’re driving overseas.

Having Emergency Equipment, Turkey

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It’s a good thing to have an emergency reflective triangle, first-aid kit, and fire extinguisher in your trunk. But honestly, when was the last time you checked your rental to see if those things were stowed there? If you’re caught driving in Turkey without them, expect a fine. You’ll find similar rules throughout Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Penalty: It’s always a good idea to check your rental car’s trunk before driving off, if only to confirm that you have a good spare tire and jack. While you’re at it, look to see if there’s an emergency kit, as local rules call for. Figure on a fine of $35 if you’re caught without one.

World's Strangest Traffic Laws

Having Emergency Equipment, Turkey

It’s a good thing to have an emergency reflective triangle, first-aid kit, and fire extinguisher in your trunk. But honestly, when was the last time you checked your rental to see if those things were stowed there? If you’re caught driving in Turkey without them, expect a fine. You’ll find similar rules throughout Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Penalty: It’s always a good idea to check your rental car’s trunk before driving off, if only to confirm that you have a good spare tire and jack. While you’re at it, look to see if there’s an emergency kit, as local rules call for. Figure on a fine of $35 if you’re caught without one.

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