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Driving in Germany … holiday advice from IAM

Aug 27, 2013
Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive (run by the Institute of Advanced Motorists) is offering tips to drivers from its Training Manager, Simon Elstow.

 Here he looks at driving regulations for Germany.


  • While some autobahns (motorways) are free of speed restrictions, this is only on parts of the network. Where there are speed limits posted, they are strictly enforced.
  • The drink drive limit in Germany is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood this could be crucial when considering the ‘morning after’ effect.
  • To park in Germany you need to buy a blue parking disc (parkscheibe), available at service stations, and parking vouchers (parkschein). Parking meters are also common.
  • Radar speed camera detectors are illegal in Germany, whether or not you are using them. Be aware that this includes detectors which are built into your sat nav. Penalties include fines of up to €1500.
  • During daylight, you must use dipped headlights or daytime running lights if your vision is impaired by fog, snow or rain.
  • You should carry a warning triangle, set of bulbs and a first aid kit, although these are only compulsory for residents. And don’t forget your nationality sticker.


Elstow said: “When driving abroad, you need to think about the regulations not only of your final destination, but of the countries you’ll pass through on your way.


“For instance, if you’re heading to Germany via the land of their French neighbours, don’t forget that you are required to carry a pack of two disposable breathalysers to keep the gendarmerie happy. The breathalysers must meet NF standards and carry the NF certification.”

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