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 it’s also helpful to do some additional research. Once you know some of the German driving regulations, you can plan your 2019 trip!
Traffic Rules & Regulations in Germany
General & Safety
- Before starting the journey, the driver and passengers must fasten their seat belts and they must remain fastened during the duration of travel.
- Drivers approaching a traffic jam on highways are recommended to switch on the hazard warning lights.
- 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.
- When no traffic sign or traffic light is at an intersection the vehicle entering from the right has the right of way.
- At gas stations, you will need to pay the cashier inside as paying at the pump is usually not available.
Turning & 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 marked by a sign.
- Overnight stays on public parking areas are allowed but camping is not. Please follow any additional parking regulations.
- In towns and cities you will likely need to pay a meter, display a parking disc, or have a permit for street parking. Be sure to check the signs.
- 110 for police
- 112 for an ambulance
Germany is famous for its autobahns that have no posted speed limit. However, as a general rule people don’t exceed 130 kilometers per hour. A speed limit of 50 km/hr (30 mph) applies to all roads when fog, snow or rain make visibility less than 50 meters. Also be on the lookout for pedestrian zones, normally around schools, where
|Within city limits:||50 km/hr (30 mph)|
|Outside city limits:||100 km/hr (60 mph)|
|Highways or autobahns:||130 km/hr recommended (80 mph)|
Sixt Car Rental in Germany
Driving here is a real joy if you know some of the rules and regulations. Now that you do, you can explore the historic towns and cities dotting Germany while also taking in some of the landscape. See the alpine scenery in Bavaria, or visit picture-perfect towns like Heidelberg. Drive north to the port city of Hamburg, or east to the everything-goes capital of Berlin. There is something to see and do no matter where you go in this picturesque country.