We all know to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and to wait for oncoming traffic before turning left. But around the country, there are a few unexpected road rules. Depending on where your next road trip takes you, you may want to keep these strange laws in mind. 

Common sense keeps most of us from trying dangerous stunts on the road, but a few states aren't taking any chances. Some places have had to explicitly outline some major no-no’s. For example, Alabama has officially made it illegal to drive while blindfolded. 

Here’s another. It might seem it goes without saying that it’s important to stay on the road, but in quite a few places, off-road restrictions are explicit. In Dunn, North Carolina, officials have made it against the law to drive on sidewalks and in cemeteries. And be sure to stay off playgrounds when driving through Dublin, Georgia, or you might face a ticket. 

Although it’s not illegal to drive through mud in Minnetonka, Minnesota, the city has declared that if you drive a dirty truck, you’ll be fined as a public nuisance if you leave debris on the road.

Speaking of public nuisances, two states have set clear restrictions for the use of your car’s horn. In Arkansas it’s illegal to blare a car horn where ice cold beverages or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m. And in University City, Missouri, you’d better not get caught honking someone else’s car horn. Even worse, you could find yourself with a 30-day jail sentence if you screech your tires in Derby, Kansas.

There are quite a few states that outline specifics regarding animals within their road laws, too. In Alaska, authorities have strict rules against tethering a dog or any other live animal to the roof of a car. And in Massachusetts, you may not operate a car with a gorilla in the backseat (not to be confused with your kids; they’re still allowed back there). 

No matter who’s in your car, travel can be exhausting. After a long ride, many of us want to sprawl out and relax — just make sure you wait until you reach a rest stop. In Nevada, authorities have made it illegal to place a bench or chair in the middle of the road, and in case you were wondering, it’s against the law to use a road as a bed in Eureka, California.

Be on the lookout for these weird rules and your next road trip will be smooth sailing. For added convenience, find Cenex® locations along your route using our LOCATIONS FINDER.
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