Compared to other European countries Germany is a pleasant experience. The main motorways and roads are in excellent condition and the roads that pass through smaller towns are also in a good condition. There are a few points that you should consider and be familiar with before you embark on a road trip through Germany.
It is often thought that there is no speed limit on the Autobahn. This is incorrect, the speed limits range of 80-130 kms, however there are sections that are free of speed limits. The speed limit when driving through towns is 50 kms and 90 kms on the main rural roads.
You are driving on the right hand side of the road in Germany and it is mandatory to have your seat belts fastened at all times. As a driver you must also carry a valid driverâ€™s licence, registration documents and details of your insurance at all times. This applies to any persons driving a hire car also.
You should have in your vehicle a first aid kit and warning triangles at all times; if you are stopped by the local authorities and do not have these items in your vehicle you could be fined.
When parking your vehicle in Germany you should know that you canâ€™t park within 15 meters of a bus stop or a street car sign. It is illegal to park within 5 meters from an intersection and also 50 meters from a railway crossing sign.
If you choose to hire a car in Germany you will be given a right hand drive vehicle; making the transition to driving from the left to the right that little bit easier!