European Breakdown Cover in Germany

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Breakdown Cover in Germany

If you’re driving to Germany, having European breakdown cover can make it much easier to get the help you need. For example, if you get a flat battery while you’re away, you can call our English-speaking helpline and we’ll arrange assistance for you. Plus, you’ll be covered for the cost of roadside assistance and get a contribution towards labour costs at the garage. 
 
You should keep in mind that UK breakdown cover doesn’t usually cover you in Europe (unless you’ve bought European cover as an add-on). You’ll need to buy a separate  European breakdown cover policy to make sure you’re covered in Germany.
 
Here’s more information about driving and breaking down in Germany.
 

Contents:

What to do if you break down in Germany?
What to do if you break down on the motorway in Germany 
Important contact numbers
Preparing for your visit to Germany
Rules of the road in Germany
Things to carry in your vehicle
Other considerations before you go


 
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  • Unlimited roadside assistance in Europe
  • We’ll pay up to £150 garage labour costs2
  • Up to £500 accommodation expenses or up to £1,500 to continue your journey
  • We’ll pay up to the market value of your vehicle to get it back to the UK, providing your vehicle is not beyond economical repair
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  • Unlimited roadside assistance in Europe
  • We’ll pay up to £1,000 garage labour costs1
  • Up to £1,200 accommodation expenses and up to £3,000 to continue your journey
  • We’ll pay to get your vehicle back to the UK if it can’t be fixed, providing your vehicle is not beyond economical repair
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What to do if you break down in Germany?

If you break down in Germany, what you do next depends on whether or not you have European breakdown cover. 

If you have RAC European Breakdown Cover:

  1. Call the RAC’s English-speaking helpline on 0800 942 044   – lines are open 24/7 
  2. Our team will arrange roadside assistance for you  
  3. When help arrives, they’ll fix your vehicle at the roadside or tow you to the nearest garage for further repairs
  4. Depending on the level of cover you have, we’ll also pay towards garage labour costs, onward travel expenses and accommodation fees while your car’s being fixed. 

If you break down on the motorway (‘Autobahn’), you need to call the Autobahn Administration first. Find out more 

If you don’t have European breakdown cover:

  • You’ll need to find a recovery company to come out to you and tow you to a garage if needed
  • If you need repairs at a garage, you’ll need to find a garage you can trust 
  • In addition, you’ll need to cover all recovery, labour and repair costs yourself

What to do if you break down on the motorway in Germany

If you break down on the motorway (‘Autobahn’) in Germany, you must first call the Autobahn Administration using one of the emergency telephones at the roadside. These are positioned along the Autobahn – just follow the arrows on guideposts, which will direct you to the nearest one. The phone numbers for emergency services are 110 for the police and 112 for the ambulance.

Here’s what to do if you break down on the motorway in Germany:

  1. Don’t call the RAC – instead, use one of the emergency phones at the roadside instead
  2. If you can’t get to an emergency phones, call the emergency services on 110 (police) or 112 (ambulance)
  3. The emergency services will send help and you’ll be towed to safety
  4. Once you’ve been towed to a designated safe area, call the RAC on 0800 942 044
  5. We’ll send assistance and talk you through next steps  

Important contact numbers

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

Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting. Operators can answer your call in their native language, English, and French. 

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.

If you’re travelling to Europe for a short trip, check out our Single Trip European Breakdown Cover product today.

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.

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


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 50 mg per 100 ml 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.


Things to carry in your vehicle

Vehicles in Germany are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items.

Cars:

  • Reflective jackets
  • Warning triangle (Compulsory for vehicles registered in Germany)
  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  • First aid kit (Compulsory for four-wheeled vehicles registered in Germany)
Our European driving kit  has all the essentials for people driving in Germany

Motorbikes: 

  • Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles
  • Motorcycles and mopeds must always be ridden with their passing lights on, even in daylight.
 

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. 

Stay prepared all year round with European breakdown cover.

 
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