Driving in Germany

Sixt wants to make sure that you are aware of some important road safety rules and tips before you start your travels in Germany. The following tips can prove helpful but make sure to inform yourself as well.

Traffic laws in Germany - Important Signs and Rules

  • Before starting the journey, the driver and passengers must fasten their seat belts and they must remain fastened during the duration of travel.
  • 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 follow 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.
  • Overtaking: Passing on the right lane is prohibited. Use left lane and return to the right lane as soon as it is safely possible.
  • 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

  •  50 kph (30 mph) in town
  • 100 kph (60 mph) outside town
  • 130 kph (80 mph) recommended on highways


A speed limit of 50 kph (30 mph) applies to all roads when fog, snow or rain make visibility less than 50 meters. The speed must to be adapted accordingly when visibility is further reduced.

Things to Bring Along

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

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