Here are some rules and regulations that you should know before you start your journey in Germany:
- Many driving regulations are common to England and other countries, but remember to drive on the right and that priority must be given to traffic from the right at junctions. Do not signal when entering a roundabout, but when leaving it.
- In Germany, as in the UK, you must give way to emergency vehicles and this applies whether or not the siren is sounding.
- Drink driving is not tolerated in Germany any more than it is elsewhere and on the spot fines can be applied to offenders. The alcohol limit is 0.5, but in drivers under 21 and new drivers this drops to zero and the laws on this point are very strict.
- A great tip for driving in Germany is that it is compulsory to carry a warning triangle and to have headlamp beam deflectors. Currently under discussion is the requirement to carry reflective jackets, and it is advisable to carry a first aid kit.
- It is also always a good idea to carry bottled water, warm clothing, a torch, mobile phone and snacks in case of breakdown or emergency.
- If you use a GPS system when driving in Germany bear in mind that it is illegal to use speed camera detectors and this includes on a GPS.