Many people visit Germany just to drive fast on German motorways (Autobahns), and yes there are certain sections on German motorways (Autobahn) where you can legally drive as fast as you can. But speed also kills and there are certain rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure safety of all road users. Driving is a privilege, not a right. This privilege may be withdrawn if a driver fails to show responsibility or care for his/her own safety or the safety of other road users while driving.
Germany is the birthplace of the first automobile and it's high-speed track "Autobahn". Despite having a very good cargo railway system and national shipping cargo, roads in Germany are often jam-packed with heavy cargo vehicles. There are only certain hours and routes where you can enjoy high speed driving on German highways. Inside cities, however, there are strict laws regarding speed limits.
German driving schools teach their students in such a way that drivers should be on alert and be ready to recognize typical errors committed frequently by other drivers and be able to cover those errors. Drivers are responsible for considering and anticipating the movements of pedestrians, particularly children, the elderly, and those who are physically impaired.
Despite their highspeed traffic, Autobahns are considered safe driving zones. They have 11% of road fatality rate, while Autobahns share 34% of countrywide traffic. Due to the central location of the country in Europe, in recent years more and more cargo traffic has shifted from rail to road. So, driving between slow-moving heavy trucks (which are not allowed to exceed the limit of 80 km/h (50 mph) ) and suddenly approaching high-speed cars which can be 250 km/h (155 mph) or even more, needs a strict following of rules and mutual understanding. It is important for foreign / visiting drivers that they must know the rules and regulations about driving in Germany, specially highspeed driving on Autobahn.
This website contains following sections:
(i) Driver's licence
- Mandatory Documents a Driver Must Keep while driving in Germany
- Toursits and Visitors from a Foreign Country
- Driver's License from non-EU/EEA Countries
- Driving License Conversion Process from non-EU/EEA Countries
- Driving License from EU/EEA Countries
- Getting a New Driver's License
(ii) Driver's license categories
Details of different categories and classes in driver's license
- Moped and Motorcycle License
- Passenger Car License
- Truck License
- Bus License
- Tractor and Forklift License
(iii) Buying and importing cars
- Buying a used car in Germany
- How to Register a Used Car on Your Name?
- Cost of Vehicle Registration
- Importing a Vehicle in to Germany
(iv) General traffic laws and regulations
- Personal Safety and Mandatory Equipment in a Vehicle
- Speed Limit in Cities
- 30 ZONE
- Two Types of Speed Limits in Germany
- Two-lane Expressway
- Speed Limit on Roads Outside City Limits
- Advisory Speed Limit Indicator
- Priority Road
- Right before Left
(v) Driving on Autobahn
- What is Autobahn?
- Important Rules and Tips
- Actions Prohibited on Autobahn
- Important Road Signs on Autobahn
- Autobahn Map
- Some Routes on Autobahn suitable for highspeed (above 120kmh / 75mph)
(vi) Tire laws in Germany
- General Tire Laws in Germany
- German Winter Tire Laws
- Installation of Mixed Tires on a Vehicle
(vii) Penalties on traffic violations
- Types of Traffic Fines in Germany
- Traffic Point System
- Traffic Fines for Foreigners
- Amount of Fine
- Driving Ban
- Fine for Cyclists
- Fine for Pedestrians
(viii) In case of a traffic accident in Germay
- What to do After an Accident?
- How to Share Location with Emergency Services?
- Calling Auto Recovery Service
- Role of Health Insurance
(ix) Parking in Germany
- Parking Signs in Germany
- Parking Management Zone
- Parking on Sidewalk
- Parking Signs with Directions
- Long Parking or Short Stopping
- No Stopping / No Parking Signs
- Parking Restriction Zone
- General No-Stop / No Parking Areas
- Parking in a One-Way Street
- Penalties for Wrong Parking
(x) Environmental zones in Germany
This page discusses different zones according to vehicle emission rules.
(xi) Right-of-way / priority rules
- Right-of-Way, General Rules
- Right-of-Way in Parallel Moving Traffic
- Right-of-Way while Changing Lanes
- Right-of-Way in Intersecting Traffic
- Right before Left
- Exceptions to Right before Left Rule
- Traffic Signs Regulating Right-of-Way
- Right-of-way on Curved Priority Road
- Turing Left or Right on Traffic signals
- Road Crossing Rules Regarding Pedestrians
- Roundabout Rules in Germany
(xii) Important road signs in Germany
- Categories of German Road Signs
- Some Confusing Signs with Similar Appearances
- Important Road Signs in Germany
(xiii) List of all road signs in Germany
A detailed list of current road signs in Germany.
(xiv) Road markings
Explanation of markings painted on roads.
(xv) Vehicle insurance
- Types of Vehicle Insurance in Germany
- Factors that can Affect Car Insurance Cost
- What is Schadenfreiheitsklasse (SF Class)
- Switching car insurance
- Insurance for Rental Cars
- International Green Card
- Insurance of More than One Vehicles
- Acquisition of SF Class from Third Party Contracts
- Transfer of SF Class from Motorcycle to Car
- Carsharing Experience
(xvi) Driving Training Areas (Verkehrsübungsplatze)
Database of driving practicing areas (Verkehrsübungsplatze) in Germany.
(xvii) Traffic-related German vocabulary
Some common German language words regarding traffic system and words used in repair workshops.
(xviii) Tuning and performance
What is allowed and what is not while upgrading performance and database of tuning and performance companies in Germany.
(xix) Public transport
Details about traveling with the German railway (Deutsche Bahn), Buses and air transport.