Important things to note
There are no tolls to pay on German autobahns, making them
different from similar roads in other European
countries. There are three different speed limits on autobahns
- 68mph, 80mph and, in some cases, there is no speed limit
whatsoever. If being given a fine by police, they can ask you
to pay some form of cash deposit on the spot. If you fail to
comply, then there is a possibility that your vehicle could
Driving culture in Germany
What are the
roads like in Germany?
On the whole, the road system there is in good condition.
While some rural routes and inner-city streets are
occasionally marked with potholes and general wear and tear,
there isn't too much by way of hazards for drivers to be
What are the drivers like in Germany?
German drivers are usually very respectful, although that
could be down to the efforts made by the police and government
at all levels to improve road safety. Driving tests here are
very hard to pass, thereby ensuring that accidents later on
are kept to a minimum.
What are the best times to drive?
As you might expect in a country of over 80 million people,
traffic can be a problem in Germany, especially during rush
hour. Driving between 7:00 and 9:00 and between 16:00 and
19:00 could lead to lengthy waits, but outside those hours
during weekdays driving is more enjoyable. Saturdays can be
pretty busy, so be sure to plan ahead before setting off.
What are the driving laws?
You must have a full driving licence plus paperwork, proof of
insurance and a valid passport. Reflective jackets, a warning
triangle, headlamp beam deflectors and first-aid kit are
essential. On some roads there are "no overtaking" signs, but
if they're not there and you're in heavy traffic, you can only
overtake in the lane to your right. Children under 12 and
shorter than 4ft 11in must wear supports.