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Driving in Germany: Important Road Safety Rules and Tips

Driving laws in Germany vary from other countries so Sixt has put this guide together to help our customers who need to know some driving tips in Germany.

Traffic laws in Germany - Important signs and rules

Here are some useful driving tips in Germany that you should know before you start your road trip.

  • Before starting the journey, the driver and all passengers must fasten their seat belts. The seat belts must stay fastened while driving.
  • Colors of direction signs: white: in town, yellow: outside town, blue: on highways
  • Emergency phone numbers: 110 for police, 112 for an ambulance.
  • Drivers approaching a traffic jam on highways are recommended to switch on the hazard warning lights.
  • Overnight stays on public parking areas are allowed but camping is not. Please note any additional parking regulations.
  • Using, operating or holding of mobile phones is prohibited while the engine is running and/or vehicle is moving.
  • Tread depth of tires must be at least 1.6 mm.
  • Right of way: When no traffic sign or traffic light is at an intersection the vehicle entering from the right has the right of way.
  • If you have not chosen any protection yet, we highly recommend our full protection package. It includes the complete exclusion of liability meaning that you are liable with 0€ for your rental car in case of hit and run, theft and self-inflicted accidents and also protects you and your passengers.
  • Overtaking: Passing on the right lane is prohibited. Use left lane and return to the right lane as soon as it is safely possible.
  • Parking: Make sure whether a parking disk is necessary.
  • Turning right on red is not allowed. It is only allowed when sign #25 is present.
  • Gas station: Stop at the needed pump. Fill up your car and then see the cashier. Diesel is available at all gas stations.
  • German police officers are very kind. Don’t hesitate to ask them for assistance.

Speed Limits

  • Speed limits for cars up to 3.5 t: 50 kph: in town, 100 kph: outside town, 130 kph recommended: on highways
  • Fog: A speed limit of 50 kph applies to all roads when fog, snow or rain make visibility less than 50 m. The speed must to be adapted accordingly when visibility is further reduced.
  • Fog lights may be used in fog or snow weather conditions. Rear fog lights should only be used when visibility is less than 50 m.

    Things to Bring Along

    Make sure you carry your driver’s license with you at all times.

    Additional Information

    Sixt hopes that you have read and understood all our driving tips in Germany to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant journey. Please be advised that this page provides only general information and makes no claim to be complete or correct.

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