Germany’s Autobahn is one of the only places in the world where you can drive as fast as you want. If you’re into cars, you’ve probably always dreamed about racing down these fast and flawless lanes. However, this vision can quickly turn into a nightmare if you do not follow rules of the road detailed below.
Mind the Limit
Believe it or not, there are actually speed limits on certain routes of the Autobahn. The most famous stretches of the Autobahn are marked by a round sign with 5 diagonal stripes. Stretches without this sign are monitored regularly and lined with hidden cameras. Around 1/3 of all roads on the Autobahn have low speed limits, and even slower speeds are required when driving through construction zones or junctions. Beware – most of these construction sites and junctions are heavily patrolled by police with radars and video cameras, fully prepared to dole out tickets.
Even the zones carrying the special sign for unrestricted speed limits have an advisory 130 kmph. If you are involved in an accident and found to be going faster than the advisory limit, you’ll be fined more.
Lastly, when exiting the Autobahn be aware of the changing speed zones. After driving very fast for some time, even 130 kph can feel very very slow.
Stay in the Right Lane
Pass on the left and drive on the right. It is expected that you drive in the right side lane and when you come upon slow-moving traffic, to use the left lane as a passing lane. If you pass a car from the left lane, then both drivers are liable to get a fine. Passing on the right lane is always forbidden.
Emergency lanes are also protected by rules. You are not allowed to stop unless it is an “actual” emergency. You may even get fined if you run out of fuel because this is viewed as preventable.