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    GERMANY DRIVING INFORMATION

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    Germany Driving Information

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    DRIVING DISTANCES IN GERMANY

    • Berlin to Dresden - 200 kms (2 hrs)
    • Cologne to Dusseldorf - 40 kms (35mins)
    • Frankfurt to Stuttgart - 205 kms (2 hrs / 10 mins)
    • Hanover to Berlin - 290 kms (2 hrs / 50 mins)
    • Heidelberg to Frankfurt - 100 kms (1 hr)
    • Munich to Stuttgart - 235 kms (2 hrs / 20 mins)

    DRIVING LICENCE

    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 years. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

    AGE RESTRICTIONS

    Generally, the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    RULES, LAWS AND REGULATIONS

    General driving rules, laws and regulations in Germany;

    • Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.
    • Overtake on the left-hand side of the road.
    • All passengers are required to wear a seatbelt.
    • The use of headphones or earphones is illegal while driving.
    • Mobile phones are prohibited while driving, with the exception of a hands-free unit.
    • Radar detectors are strictly prohibited.
    • Dipped headlights must be used while driving through tunnels and at night. Full beams cannot be used in urban areas.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.
    • Low emission zones are in place for 32 cities around Germany and require you to have an "Emission Badge" in order to drive into these green zones. Vehicles without a badge will be fined however all rental vehicles include the "Emission Badge". Make sure to check at the time of collection.

    EQUIPMENT

    It is mandatory to carry the following equipment in your vehicle, which is to be used in the event of an accident, incident or breakdown:

    • Warning Triangle - to be used in the event of an accident or breakdown to warn following traffic.
    • Spare Inflated Wheel
    • First-aid Kit
    • Visibility Vest - not required but recommended, especially when driving on the Autobahn

    CHILD SAFETY SEATS

    Children under the age of 12 or less than 1.5m tall are to be seated in the back seat of the vehicle in either a seat belt or appropriate child restraint.

    SPEED LIMITS

    A tip for first timers driving on the Autobahn is to drive on the right-hand side (slow lane) of the road. The right lane is considered for slower traffic and the left lanes are for overtaking. You may find that some drivers will drive up to or even over 200km/h, these drivers are highly experienced and trained, so if you're only new to high speed driving it's best to keep to what you're comfortable too. Below are the speed limits in Germany, unless posted otherwise.

    • Urban Roads (built-up areas): 50km/h
    • Rural Roads (outside towns): 90-100km/h
    • Motorway (Autobahn): none unless shown

    DRINK DRIVING

    The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.05mg/100ml. Police have the authority to pull drivers over and carry out a random alcohol testing drivers over the limit face heavy fines and possible imprisonment, and if an accident is caused while over the limit your insurance is void. This also applies to cyclists.

    TOLLS

    At the moment there are no highways tolls present for passenger vehicles.

    ROAD SIGNS

    Road Signs in Germany adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in Germany are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols.

    • Warning Signs are generally triangular in shape with a red border, white background or yellow and a symbol in the middle.
    • Prohibitory Signs are signs which motorists must follow. These signs vary in shapes from a circle, octagon and a box. You will find these signs in either blue with a white symbol in the middle and white with a red border.
    • Information Signs are indicated with a blue or green background and white text providing motorists with information.

    PARKING

    Strict laws apply for street parking;

    • Must always park on the right and must not face the traffic.
    • Parking in front of yellow or red road lines or within 10 feet of a fire hydrant is prohibited.
    • No parking is allowed where a white line is marked.

    Parking will commonly be 'pay and display' where either a parking disc or parking tickets will need to be displayed on the front windscreen. Parking tickets can be purchased from nearby machines and a parking disc can be obtained from petrol stations. Vehicles who have exceeded their limit or illegally parked will find their vehicles either clamped or towed and impounded, which is can be quite costly to remove or retrieve.

    VISA INFORMATION

    Visa, Passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Germany;

    • Australian passport holders do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. Contact the German Consulate or Embassy in your local state for stays exceeding 90 days or special visas.
    • A valid passport is required by all.

    WINTER DRIVING

    Snow Chains are recommended during the winter months and to be used when driving through mountainous regions. Snow chains are required when signs showing a tyre with snow chains are posted. Drivers are restricted to 50km/h when snow chains are attached and police will restrict drivers who do not meet the requirements.