1. What is the speed limit in Bielefeld?
The speed limit in Bielefeld, as in the rest of Germany, is 50 km/h (31 mph) in built-up areas and 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas.
2. What license do I need to drive in Bielefeld?
If your domestic driver’s license has been issued in a non-EU country, you must have an international driver’s license together with your domestic driving license to drive in Germany.
3. Are there many speed cameras in Bielefeld?
Yes, Bielefeld has several speed cameras put up to maintain the speed limit and ensure road safety.
4. Are there toll roads while driving in Bielefeld or elsewhere in the country?
No, all roads in Bielefeld and in Germany are toll-free for cars.
5. What are the general rules of driving and safety in Bielefeld?
You must always drive on the right-hand side, give way to the right, unless otherwise indicated, and you should use the outermost lane on autobahns if all lanes are free. Additionally, German traffic laws apply.
6. How heavy can the traffic be in Bielefeld?
Like any city, traffic in Bielefeld can be heavy during rush hours. Plan your travel accordingly.
7. Can I turn right on red while driving in Bielefeld?
Unless a sign permits it, turning right on red is not allowed in Bielefeld or anywhere else in Germany.
8. When are headlamps required while driving?
In Germany, headlamps must be used at night and when visibility is significantly reduced, e.g. due to rain or fog.
9. Are there any particular parking rules in Bielefeld?
In Bielefeld, parking is prohibited where there are prohibitory signs, on pedestrian crosswalks, and on the left side of one-way streets. Additionally, you need a vignette to park in certain areas.
10. What should I do in case of a car accident in Bielefeld?
German law requires all involved to wait for the police before leaving the scene of a significant accident, and you should also inform your car rental company.
11. Are children required to use car seats in Bielefeld?
Yes, in Germany, children under 12 years old or shorter than 150 cm must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in a car.
12. Is road rage common in Bielefeld?
Road rage is a global phenomenon and can occur anywhere, including in Bielefeld. It is always best to keep calm and avoid confrontation.
13. Is it allowed to overtake school buses in Bielefeld?
In Germany, it is not permitted to overtake school buses at bus stops when they are picking up or dropping off children.
14. Can I use a dash cam while driving in Bielefeld?
While there is no specific law prohibiting the use of dash cams, Germany has strong privacy laws. Any misuse of dash cam footage could potentially lead to legal issues.
15. What do I need to know about the Autobahn when driving in Germany?
The Autobahn is Germany's federal controlled-access highway system. While there is an advised speed limit of 130 km/h (81 mph) on many sections, some sections have no speed limits. German driving etiquette recommends staying in the right lane as much as possible to allow faster cars to overtake on the left.