What are the traffic laws and rules in Germany?
There are a lot of things to know about German road traffic regulations.
Take a look at the most important topics here, for example, road signs or whether you need to signal when overtaking:
German road signs
Many of the road signs in Germany may be obvious to tourists, but some might confuse you if you don't know them:
In Germany, it is not allowed to run a red light, even in most rural areas. Cameras are set up in various places to convict people who cross red lights.
Flash to overtake and turn
Always flash when starting or completing a turn or passing maneuver. This is the signal other drivers expect so they know you are turning or overtaking. If you forget the above rule, the car behind you may be flashing its headlights briefly. This is also a popular signal on the Autobahn that you should move to the right lane of the road so you can be passed.
Germany is known for having highways with incredibly high-speed limits and even some roads with no speed limit at all. However, there are actually many sections along German highways that have strict speed limits. The speed limits of the roads are prominently displayed, you will not be able to miss them.
There are two standard speed limits:
50 km/h (31 mph) inside built-up areas and 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas.
Speed limits on the Autobahn
A recommended guideline speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) applies to German freeways.
Driving at higher speeds is not punishable, but the increased danger may result in partial liability for damages. In addition, it is illegal to drive at speeds that extend the vehicle's safe distance beyond the driver's line of sight.
Of course, if traffic signs prescribe a certain speed, you must strictly adhere to it.