Driving tips for tackling Germany

Driving tips for tackling Germany

Driving on the continent presents a number of different challenges for British drivers. Road safety charity IAM is offering weekly motoring tips over the summer, and this week Britain's top advanced driver, Peter Rodger, is looking at the different driving regulations in Germany.

It is well known that the German motorways, known as autobahns, have less speed restrictions. However, this is only on parts of the network. Speed limits are posted in areas where they apply, and these are strictly enforced. Radar speed camera detectors are illegal in Germany, and you can face penalties of up to Û1500 if one is found in your car, whether you are using it or not.

Drivers should be aware that the drink drive limit is lower in Germany at 50mg per 100ml of blood, rather than the 80mg in this country. This could be particularly crucial when considering the 'morning after' effect.

Parking in Germany involves buying a blue parking disc (parkscheibe) which are available at service stations. Parking vouchers (parkschein) are also available and parking meters are common on the streets. Other elements of driving that are different in Germany are that during daylight hours you are required to use dipped headlights or daytime running lights, if your vision is impaired by fog, snow or rain.

British drivers are reminded that they must use a GB sticker and they must still have adequatecar insurance for the duration of their trip. In Germany, drivers are also required to carry a warning triangle, a set of bulbs and a first aid kit, although these are only compulsory for residents.

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