Driving In Germany

Driving In Germany

I will start off with some ‘common​ sense’ information​ like your​ drivers license. of​ course if​ you​ are not a​ German citizen your​ drivers license probably does not authorize you​ to​ drive in​ Germany. you​ will need to​ contact your​ local license branch (BMV) and​ find out the steps you​ need to​ take to​ receive an​ international drivers license. I have not personally done this​ because I have a​ European military drivers license but from what I have heard it​ is​ not too hard to​ do or​ terribly costly.

Next of​ course is​ having a​ car to​ drive when you​ arrive in​ Germany. this​ is​ pretty obvious. Coordinate with any INTERNATIONAL car rental service and​ they can have a​ car ready and​ waiting for​ you​ at​ your​ arrival city. Another option​ is​ to​ rent the car in​ Germany, which is​ a​ pretty easy process as​ well. Most service representatives speak English and​ will be happy to​ help you​ out.

Now you​ will need to​ know the ‘meat and​ potatoes’ of​ driving in​ Germany, the traffic laws. if​ you​ are an​ American, or​ have driven in​ the U.S., you​ will find that driving in​ Germany is​ not much different. Without telling you​ every single travel law written in​ Germany, I will try to​ shed some light on​ some of​ the major differences:

Traffic lights: When pulling up to​ a​ traffic light you​ will notice that unlike the U.S. traffic lights which go from green to​ yellow to​ red and​ then directly back to​ green, German traffic lights will go from red to​ yellow and​ then green. this​ is​ nothing to​ worry about. I guess they just want to​ make sure you​ have it​ in​ gear and​ your​ ready to​ take off. The second thing, but extremely more important, is​ the ‘right on​ red’ rule we have in​ the U.S. this​ rule DOES NOT EXIST in​ Germany. if​ you​ try to​ make a​ right turn when the traffic light is​ red you​ may find yourself in​ a​ lot of​ pain​ and​ in​ a​ major lawsuit.

Autobahn: if​ you​ are thinking that the autobahn is​ the paradise for​ people with a​ lead foot you​ may end up with a​ speeding ticket. Although there are some stretches of​ the autobahn that have no speed limit there is​ a​ recommended speed limit of​ 120 kilometers per hour that you​ should obey. Granted, most do exceed this​ speed recommendation​ but now you​ know you​ CAN be ticketed.

Accidents: if​ you​ are the first on​ the seen of​ an​ accident in​ which someone has been injured you​ are required by law to​ provide assistance. Whether you​ simply stop and​ call an​ ambulance (112) not (911), or​ you​ provide medical aid, you​ must do something to​ help the casualty.

Where is​ Ausfhart Germany? No Ausfhart is​ not a​ city that seems to​ pop up everywhere you​ go. Ausfhart is​ the German word for​ exit.

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