Germany Driving Laws

When driving in Germany, understanding the traffic laws is of the utmost importance and will help you enjoy a more carefree travel experience. Below you will find all the pertinent information regarding Germany’s driving rules and regulations, and how to avoid tickets and fines.

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  • Children under 12 years of age or under 5 feet tall, must be seated in the back.
  • Booster seats are required for children riding in the back seat up to age 12, although height/weight restrictions do apply in specific cases and vary from supplier to supplier.
  • Vehicles must not be parked opposite the flow of traffic, parking fines of approx. €35 EUR will apply for illegally parked vehicles.
  • Running a red light, or stop sign, can result in fines ranging from €90 EUR to €360 EUR.
  • In Germany, there are suggested speed limits and mandatory speed limits, depending on what stretch of road you are traveling on. This is especially important to note when driving the Autobahn in Germany. Suggested speed limits are contained within blue square signs; whereas mandatory speed limits are contained within red circular signs.
  • Insurance and other related documents must be kept in the vehicle at all times.
  • In the unfortunate event that you do receive a traffic ticket in Germany, get in contact with the car rental supplier as soon as possible and arrange a payment method. Many travelers have reported a steady flow of letters with increased fines if the tickets are left unpaid for extended periods of time. In most situations, the rental supplier will auto-deduct the ticket amount from the credit card on file, as well as an “administration fee.”
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