Driving In Germany Tips & Info
More and more people organise road trips to Germany. Whether you just want to test your vehicle’s top speed on its famous autobahns or you want to visit some of the best-preserved castles in Europe or you organised a road trip on the well-known Romantic Road route, our Driving In Germany guide will be helpful.
Germany roads network covers more than half a million kilometres of roads.
According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, the road system is divided in four main categories:
- Autobahn – highway
- Bundesstraßen – national roads
- Landesstraße – country road
- Kreisstraße – local roads
The Autobahn or the German highway system is one of the longest in the world. According to The German Federal Statistic Office, in 2015 the Autobahn covers 12,949 kilometres (7,982 mi).
Here is how the highway system is numbered:
- A 10 to A 19 are in eastern Germany (Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt, parts of Saxony and Brandenburg)
- A 20 to A 29 are in northern and north-eastern Germany
- A 30 to A 39 are in Lower Saxony (north-western Germany) and Thuringia
- A 40 to A 49 are in the Rhine-Ruhr to Frankfurt Rhine-Main
- A 50 to A 59 are in the Lower Rhine region to Cologne
- A 60 to A 69 are in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Hesse
- A 70 to A 79 are in Thuringia, northern Bavaria and parts of Saxony
- A 80 to A 89 are in Baden-Württemberg
- A 90 to A 99 are in (southern) Bavaria
Driving In Germany – What you need to know
- There are no tolls to pay on German Autobahns
- Traffic offences are subject to on-the-spot fines
- Overtake to the left of the other vehicle
- It is illegal to drive while wearing headphones
- Radar detectors are illegal
Seat Belt Requirements
In Germany wearing the front and rear seat belts are mandatory everywhere. Not complying with the regulations may lead to a 30 Euros fine.
Travelling With Children
First of all, you must know that the children under 3 must be transported only on the rear seats and use child restrain systems (ECE 44/03 norm).
The children under 12 or who measures less than 1.5m must be seated in a child seat.
Wacky Driving Rules
- It’s illegal to stop unnecessarily on the highway, so don’t run out of gas.
- Drive too slow on the Autobahn is illegal.
- Showing someone the middle finger while you’re driving on the autobahn might cost you up to 500 euros.
Normally when driving on the autobahn there is no speed limit imposed. However, the latest German Road Traffic Regulations recommend not to drive faster than 130 km/h.
On the national roads the limit is 100 km/h and on the local roads the limit is 50 km/h.
Like in most of the European countries, in Germany too, you should drive on the right side of the road.
If you are under 21 or you have your driving licence for less than 2 years you shouldn’t drink and drive as there is zero tolerance for alcohol.
For the rest of the drivers the maximum alcohol level in blood shouldn’t be higher than 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.
Driving Licence Requirements
UK full driving licences are accepted in Germany and all licences written in Roman Alphabet.
As in the rest of the EU also in Germany the main emergency number is 112 for Ambulance, Police and Fire Brigade. For police, you can also call 110.
Here are all the emergency numbers in Germany:
- Police: 110 or 112
- Fire Brigade: 112
- Ambulance: 112
- Non Emergency Medical: 116 117
- Toxic Substance Emergency: 192 40
- Road Assistance ADAC: (01802) 22 22 22
- Road Assistance ACE: (01802) 34 35 36
- Road Assistance AVD: (0691) 66060
Here are the fuel prices recorded in the beginning of June 2017:
- Super 95: 1.359 €/L
- Diesel: 1.149 €/L
- LPG: 1.569 €/L