Germany has one of the best road networks in the world. Autobahn is well-developed, well-maintained and in some places, free speed. Traffic intensity is extensive and the tempo is high. This is what you need to know.
Stau – A common word
The German word for traffic jam is “stau”. You should be very attentive to it, both in terms of billboards and radio messages. Stau can occur any time of the day and often it comes suddenly. A basic rule is to turn on the hazard warning lights whenever you detect a traffic jam ahead, to warn others on the road, cause the so-called queue-collisions are common. Not infrequently travel cars in over 200km / h, and to detect a stationary queue at these speeds is difficult.
If you drive long distances on the motorway network in Germany, you should be prepared for hour-long traffic jams. A few bottles of water, something to eat and plenty of patience is the key. Keep in mind that you could be standing for several hours, so never run with too little fuel in the tank. Getting out of gas on the Autobahn is subject to a fine. More and more autobahn stretches get electronic signs that can warn of stau kilometers before traffic jam begins.
No speed limit
To freely determine their own speed gives a great sense of freedom for many. In this way, Germany is unique, although many routes now have a speed limit. The recommended speed despite free speed signs is 130km / h. If you are running the recommended speed, you should as infrequently as possible to use the outer lane to the left. Otherwise, in a few seconds, you have a queue of beam flashing cars behind you which slowed down from 200 km / h and now are really upset.
On many routes, the roads have three lanes, and you are advised to keep in the middle or right lane, not to block the progression of faster-going vehicles.
The signs of upcoming gas stations are usually clear and indicate the distance. The petrol stations in Germany is in most cases really big with a large number of pumps and facilities. Shower and car repair service, as well as a greater choice of food, is common. Use the toilet costs in most cases money, but on the other hand, the standard is very good and clean on top. Approximately EUR 0.5 is a regular price, and you pay at the entrance. In German, petrol station is called “Tankstelle”.
Shower and car repair service, as well as a greater choice of food, is common. Use the toilet costs in most cases money, but on the other hand, the standard is very good and clean on top. Approximately EUR 0.5 is a regular price, and you pay at the entrance. In German, petrol station is called “Tankstelle”.