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JOURNEY START>DRIVING REGULATIONS GERMANY

 

Driving Regulations GERMANY

Germany has always been a popular European tourist destination. Situated at the heart of Europe, it allows easy access to many great destinations. If you're looking for some great travel ideas, check out our Trip Planner section. TripAdvisor is also a great source for travel info and tips. There, you can read other traveler's reviews on Austrian travel destinations and get all the information you need to decide on a great itinerary.

The driving regulations - Germany page has all the basic information you need for a successful road trip in Germany and the surrounding countries. Just add your regular common sense, and you're all set.

Driving regulations Germany

If you rent an RV in Germany (or any other type of motor vehicle), you should be aware of the traffic rules, some of which differ from other countries. Many people have the conception that there is no speed restrictions on the Autobahn, but not all roads are free of speed restrictions.

On most motorways, the speed limit is 130 km/h in the vicinity of nearby cities. Watch out for signs regulating the traffic from 10pm to 6pm at night. In any case you should follow the limit signs as radar traps are frequent, especially in the eastern part of Germany. Scroll down for more driving facts and rental basics.

Cautionary note - true for driving in any country you are unfamiliar with: It is wise and just good policy to study maps and know your routes well before driving. Compared to other highways in the world, some stretches of the autobahn do not provide any convenient opportunities to turn around if you are driving in the wrong direction.

Moreover, GPS navigation systems can be very wrong, even in Germany. Be prepared to pull over as soon as possible to review routes if the GPS navigation system provides questionable instructions.

General driving regulations, Germany:

General
red arrow There are no tolls to pay on German Autobahns
red arrow Laws allowing per mil. blood alcohol when driving are strictly applied
red arrow Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere
red arrow No handheld mobile phones are allowed while driving
red arrow You must be at least 21 years old and hold a valid driving license and a major credit card to be able to hire a car. Age limitations and other restrictions regarding RV hire may differ from one rental agency to another, so you'd be wise to check before you rent.
 
Speed limits
red arrow Speed limits are implemented rigorously, radar traps are frequent
red arrow City 31mph/50kph, two lane highway 62mph/100kph
red arrow Unless otherwise marked, most motorways (Autobahns) have no speed limit but 81mph/130kph is recommended
   
Driving license
red arrow Non-EU (European Union) members need an international driving license or an official German translation
   
Rules of the road
red arrow If there is no policeman, no signal or no sign indicating the right-of-way, then right-of-way is always given to traffic approaching from the right - this also includes situations where main roads and small side streets cross at uncontrolled intersections
red arrow Driving is on the right hand side, overtaking only on the left side
   

All the information above regarding driving regulations - GERMANY was accurate at the time of writing.

Please check to ensure it is still accurate before you leave on your trip.

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