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Breakdown Cover in Germany

Planning a holiday in Germany and intending to drive? It can be a beautiful country to drive around with a number of scenic routes and spectacular sights to enjoy. Before setting off though, just make you’re fully prepared. Read up on the rules and regulations of the road - which are, in many cases, different to those in the UK - get your vehicle primed and ready for the trip and get suitable European breakdown cover in place. Breaking down in the UK can be stressful enough - if it happens while on holiday, on unfamiliar roads, you’ll be grateful for having roadside assistance to call on.

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Other considerations before your Germany holiday

What happens if I break down in Germany?

If your vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident on one of Germany’s motorways - called the autobahn - you need to firstly call the Autobahn Administration, using one of the roadside emergency telephones. These are positioned along the autobahn - just follow the arrows on guide posts, which will direct you to the nearest one. You could also call the ADAC - Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club - on 22 22 22. Emergency services are 110 for the police and 112 for the ambulance.

Make sure you and any passengers are safe, wearing reflective, hi-vis jackets if you’re outside the vehicle. Put out a warning triangle to inform other motorists. Once the emergency services have attended, you should call the RAC on 0033 472 4352 44. We’ll manage the situation from there. An English-speaking incident manager will be your point of contact, and they’ll be in touch with one of our external breakdown cover partners, who will come out to support you.

We’ll try to fix your vehicle at the roadside but if we can’t do that, we’ll tow it to the nearest garage to undergo further repairs. Depending on your level of cover, we can pay towards garage labour costs, onward travel expenses and accommodation fees.


Preparing for your visit to Germany

Reduce the chances of experiencing a vehicle breakdown by ensuring your car is in the best possible condition. Breakdowns can occur because of minor issues that could have been avoided with preparation and maintenance.

Some recommended checks to run though before setting off include:

Buy a European Driving Kit

In Europe, you could be fined up to €530 for not having the right driving kit in your car. Before you set off check what you need and buy a European Driving Kit from us to ensure that you don’t get caught out.

Check the condition of your tyres

One of the most important maintenance tasks you can carry out on your car is to check the condition of your tyres. Look for any signs of wear and tear. Check the depth of the tyre’s tread. Worn tyres are dangerous, so get any that are in poor condition replaced.

Check oil and coolant levels

Check the levels of coolant, oil and screenwash in your car. Also carry extra to top up levels during your journey, especially if you’re driving long distances or over a longer period of time.

Inspect windscreen wipers

Windscreen wipers with tears won’t operate properly and will affect your driving. Check the blades for any damage and replace prior to travelling, if necessary.

Fill the tank up with fuel

Fill your vehicle up with fuel before leaving the UK. There are obviously service stations in Germany to refuel but it’s nice to have the security of a full tank as you start your journey.

Book your vehicle in for a service

Before you travel, book your vehicle in for a service - a professional can check for any issues and fix them ahead of your trip to Germany.

Read more about driving in Germany with our country guide here


Important numbers to pop in your phone

Keep important phone numbers stored in your contacts, including:

  • 0033 472 4352 44 - RAC European Breakdown from anywhere in Europe
  • 112 - Emergency Services
  • +49 (0) 30 204 570 - British Embassy in Berlin
  • +49 (0) 89 211090 - British Consulate Munich
  • +49 (0) 211 94480 - British Consulate Dusseldorf
  • +49 (0) 40 44803236 - British Consulate Hamburg

You should have other useful contact numbers stored too, primarily those of your accommodation and onward destinations. If a breakdown means your plans may change or you’ll be delayed for a significant amount of time, you can call ahead and let the relevant people know.


Rules of the road in Germany

In Germany, the rules of the road are different. Certainly in comparison to the UK anyway, if not the rest of Europe. It’s every motorist’s responsibility to be aware of these regulations and laws before driving, so that you understand and abide by them.

Such rules include:

  • In Germany, you should drive on the right side of the road - that’s the opposite to the UK - and overtake other cars on the left.
  • Vehicles coming to an intersection from the right have right of way unless stated otherwise. This means drivers should give way to vehicles approaching from the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn by everyone in the car, or you face an on the spot fine.
  • The legal limit for drinking and driving is 50mg per 100ml of blood, maximum - which is less than the UK. 
  • Speed limits vary according to the type of road - and they are in place on the autobahn, contrary to urban myth. The limit on the autobahn is 80mph

You can read more about driving in Germany and specific speed limits here.


Other considerations before your Germany holiday

You might have the driving side of your holiday covered, but it’s advisable to be prepared in other areas too before you head off to Germany.

You should have travel insurance in place. This must cover the dates of your travel and any specifics of your holiday - you should declare if you’re going to be involved in any adventure sports or planning to ski, for example.

Let your bank know that you’re away, too. You’ll probably need to use your debit card and/or credit card while in Germany, and they will need to know that they’re likely to see some unusual transactions.

Most mobile phone providers allow for usage in Europe but it’s worth contacting yours to double check that you can use your phone, as usual, while away. 

You should be all prepared and ready to go, there’s only one thing left...your breakdown cover. Get a quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

This depends on your level of cover and where you’re intending to drive. RAC European Breakdown Cover in Germany covers Zone 1 in Europe, so unless your policy also covers countries in Zone 2, you’ll be restricted as to where you can drive - and still be covered in the event of a breakdown. You’ll be able to drive over to Zone 1 countries France, Luxembourg and Belgium. But Italy and Spain are in Zone 2.

 
Can you provide me with a replacement vehicle?

Some European Breakdown Cover packages include the use of a replacement vehicle. RAC Comprehensive European Breakdown provides a hire car for up to six days, while Comprehensive Plus European Breakdown Cover provides a hire car for up to 23 days. Terms and conditions apply.