Which laws drive you crazy overseas?

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Foreign traffic rules crank up chaos. In this week’s USA Today column, I talk about the hazards of driving overseas. You’ll want to read this provocative story before you cross the border.

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2 thoughts on “Which laws drive you crazy overseas?

  1. Just ran into a consumer problem on this very site: When I’m on my mobile (iPad mini Retina) and click on the “hazards of driving overseas” link above , the article immediately darkens as a huge Florida Beaches popup ad sits over the text. There is no Close button accessible from the mobile, so the article remains unreadable.

  2. One of the funniest foreign driving stories was Tom Hanks on Johnny Carson talking about his experience driving in Israel. He was stopped by a police officer and asked for his driver’s license. He didn’t have one so he handed the cop his passport. The cop screams “THIS IS NOT A DRIVER’S LICENSE! GIVE ME YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE!!!” So Hanks hands over his wife’s driver’s license and the cop yells “DIDN’T YOU HEAR WHAT I SAID? THIS IS YOUR WIFE’S DRIVER’S LICENSE! I NEED YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE!” So Hanks finally breaks down and says: “I’m the man. I have to drive.” and the cop shrugs and says: “Oh, ok. Move along.”

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