posted 6 years ago

Tips For Driving in Germany

Fancy some tips for driving in Germany?

Fancy some tips for driving in Germany? If so, check-out the following list courtesy of Simon Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists. This helps keep travellers legal, so the German cops can focus on putting towels on sun loungers rather than chasing tourists:

- While some autobahns (motorways) are free of speed restrictions this is only on parts of the network. Where there are speed limits posted, they are strictly enforced.

- The drink drive limit is lower in Germany, 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (rather than 80 mg in the UK).

- To park in Germany, you need to buy a blue parking disc (parkscheibe), available at service stations; parking vouchers (parkschein) and parking meters are also common.

- Radar speed camera detectors are illegal in Germany, whether or not you are using them. Penalties include fines of up to €1500.

- During daylight, you must use dipped headlights or daytime running lights if your vision is impaired by fog, snow or rain.

- You should carry a warning triangle, set of bulbs and first aid kit, although these are only compulsory for residents. And don’t forget your GB sticker.

Elstow said: “When driving abroad, you need to think about the regulations not only of your final destination, but of the countries you’ll pass through to get there. For instance if you’re off to Germany via France, don’t forget that from 1 July all drivers and motorcyclists need to carry a pack of two disposable breathalysers to keep the gendarmerie happy. The breathalysers must meet NF standards and carry the NF certification.”