Traffic Rules and Regulations

Germany uses a point system to keep the streets and motorways safe. You will accumulate points speeding, driving while using a cell phone, causing an accident or not obeying the traffic rules and regulations. If you accumulate 18 points, you will lose your license.

In Germany it is compulsory to wear a seat belt at all times, as well as carry possess a triangular caution sign, reflector vest and first aid kit. Children under 12 must be seated in a certified children’s car seat anchored in the back seat of the car.

Alcohol or drugs are not tolerated. In Germany you can be legally forced into taking a blood test. The blood alcohol limit is 0.3 milligrams. Persons exceeding this limit will be fined and face a license suspension, even for first offenders.

Here is a list of the most important German traffic rules:

  • Drive in the right lane unless overtaking
  • Slower traffic must remain to the right; the left lane is for passing only
  • Passing on the right is prohibited on motorways.
  • Cars on the right have the right of way at all intersections without traffic lights if not otherwise stated with a traffic sign.
  • Vehicles entering a roundabout have the right of way.
  • Right turn on a red light is not permitted unless there is an appropriate sign.
  • the use of high beam headlights is only allowed in fog, heavy rain, and snow and if the range of sight is less than 50 meters, otherwise heavy fines can be imposed.
  • Parking is prohibited adjacent to lowered sidewalk curbs to allow wheelchair operators to use this section of the sidewalk to cross the street.
  • Pedestrians at designated crossings and buses pulling away from bus stops have the right-of-way.
  • Cars on both sides of the street must slow down if buses stop or turn on their emergency hazard lights.
  • Buses pulling out of a bus stop have the right of way
  • Winter tires must be used, otherwise your insurance might not pay in the case of an accident.

Leaving the scene of an accident or not paying traffic violation tickets are very serious offences causing the possible loss of your license or even imprisonment! Always remain at the scene of an accident until you are able to exchange information with the person involved or have contacted the police.

Pay your traffic tickets! Take extra care to park in designated parking areas, as towing fees are very expensive.

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