1. In what side of the road do you drive in Germany?
In Germany, as in most European countries, you drive on the right-hand side of the road.
2. What is the general speed limit on German highways?
Germany is known for some sections of its Autobahn network having no speed limit, but generally you're restricted to 130 km/h (81 mph). In towns, the speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph), while on country roads the limit is 100 km/h (62 mph).
3. Are there often speed cameras on German roads?
Yes, there are quite a number of speed cameras (radars) on German roads and it's mandatory to respect the speed limits to avoid fines.
4. Do I need a special driver's license to drive in Germany?
If you are a tourist and your stay is less than a year, you can use an International Driving Permit combined with your home's country driver's license. For EU and EEA citizens, licenses issued in these countries are valid in Germany.
5. Is it mandatory to pay tolls in Germany?
Tolls don't exist on majority of German roads. However, a toll is required for trucks over 7.5 tonnes using motorways and selected federal highways.
6. Are there any specific driving rules in Germany i should know about?
Germany adheres to right before left rule at uncontrolled intersections. In case of a traffic jam, it's compulsory to form an emergency lane in the middle of the two lanes, regardless if emergency vehicles are present or not.
7. How often are service stations located on German highways?
Service stations, known as “Autohof”, are abundant on German highways, usually every 40 – 60 km where you can refuel, rest and grab a snack.
8. What should I consider regarding safety while driving in Germany?
Always keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, especially on the autobahns. Tailgating is a serious offense and is strictly penalized.
9. How are the road conditions in Germany?
Germany generally has high quality roads, but always stay alert for any sudden roadworks, especially in urban areas.
10. Is it required to carry some safety equipment in the car in Germany?
In Germany, it's mandatory to carry a warning triangle, first-aid kit and a safety vest in your car.
11. Can children be seated in the front seat of the car in Germany?
Children under 12 years or smaller than 150 cm must use appropriate car seats and cannot ride in the front seat.
12. Is it legal to overtake on the right in Germany?
Overtaking on the right is generally only allowed in traffic jams or on multi-lane city streets. On the highways, use the left lane to overtake.
13. Can I turn right on red when driving in Germany?
Unless there is a green arrow sign (“Grünpfeil”), it's forbidden to turn right on red.
14. Is honking allowed in Germany?
Honking is generally not encouraged and should only be used in situations where there is a risk of an accident.
15. Where should I park my car in Germany?
Always park your car to the right of the road. Parking against the traffic flow, on crosswalks and 5 meters in-front of intersections is illegal.