Driving in Germany can be a great experience; German roads are well maintained, and many scenic routes lead you through wonderful German landscapes.
And flying down the German freeway is for many travelers a fun part of their German vacation.
To make the most out of your drive and to stay safe on the streets of Germany, have a look at the most important rules of the road.
Speed Limits in Germany:
- Speed limits in German cities are 50 kmh (31 mph).
- On highways, you are not allowed to drive faster than 100 kmh( 62 mph), unless otherwise marked.
- There is no speed limit on the Autobahn - except where posted, for example in construction zones; watch out for these signs, you can get a hefty ticket for speeding.
The German Autobahn:
- On the Autobahn, you can drive as fast as you feel is safe; the German authorities recommend a "suggested" speed of 130 kmh (80mph).
- You can only pass another car in the left lane. The right lane is for slower vehicles, and overtaking cars in the right lane is illegal.
- Before you pull into the left lane to pass another car, make sure to check the rear view mirror carefully - some cars travel as fast as 200 kmh and approach very suddenly.
More Driving Tips For Germany:
- Don't drink and drive in Germany. The blood alcohol limit is .08 bac (0, 8 pro mille), and .05 bac if you are involved in an accident. Violators must pay high fines and can lose their driver's license.
- Always wear a seatbelt, even if you are sitting in the back of a car - it is the law in Germany.
- Children up to the age of 12 have to sit in the back in a special safety seat.
- Don't talk on the cell phone while driving, it is illegal in Germany.
Important Street Signs in Germany:
- Ausfahrt - exit
- Umleitung – detour
- Einbahnstraße – one way street
- Parken verboten – parking forbidden
- Parkhaus – parking garage
- Tankstelle – gas station