Driving Tips, Rules & Regulations in Germany

Whether you’re in it for the medieval villages or the sceneries, Germany is a great place to visit and go around in by car. Should you plan on touring the country this way, you need to remember a couple of things.

Much of the things you need in order to be able to rent a car in Germany are similar for car rentals in the US. You can find them in all airports and major rail stations, and all you’ll need is a license and your passport to make a rent. Take note, however, that car rentals that are found in more convenient locations such as city centres tend to charge more. If you want to save more on rentals, you’re better off renting from a local auto firm prior to travelling.

Should you prefer to drive an automatic, make sure you tell the company, since most rentals in Germany issue cars with manual transmissions. You will also be provided with first aid kits and visibility vests, which are required to be with you and your car at all times. Be mindful of this requirement especially when you’re renting your car outside of Germany.

Driving in Germany means being able to access the Autobahn where there are no actual speed restrictions. In fact, around 50% of all German motorways are unlimited, so you’re able to drive as fast as the situation allows. Authorities, however, recommend that you stay within 130 km/h. Other motorways will have an 80 to 130 km/h speed limit, and are enforced accordingly with the punishment of immediate fine.

Because driving speeds are free reign, you need to be careful about approaching vehicles, as well as taking care when overtaking in the autobahn motorways.

Most of the traffic regulations are similar to other European countries: always wear a seat belt, don’t drink and drive, and make sure there are appropriate seats for child passengers. In any case, always bring your documents with you to avoid complications.

Every small town in Germany has at least one fuel station, which means you won’t have much problem getting fuel. Most of these stations are self-service and function in the same way as other stations in neighbouring countries. Fuel, however, costs as much as 3 times more than in the US, so be prepared to shell out some cash.

You’ll be happy to know that Germany’s roads are first class. They are all well maintained and the signage is all uniform and very easy to understand. Germany also has about 80 themed roads designed for tourists, such as the Romantic Road, which is route that goes by the Bavarian villages to the Fussen Alps and approximately 180 miles long. These roads are really ideal for tourists since you’ll catch more scenery here, and they are best seen by car so that you can enjoy the views at your own pace. Luckily there’s information everywhere about these roads, so it’ll be easy to find and get around them should you feel like visiting.

Summary

50% of all German motorways have unlimited speed restrictions.
Always wear a seat belt.
Don’t drink and drive.
Always carry your documents with you to avoid complications.
Germany’s roads are first class.
Signs are all uniform and very easy to understand.

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