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Important When Driving In Europe: “Rettungsgasse”

Driving a car in Europe can sometimes be a challenge. More traffic and higher pace. In Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary there is a word you need to keep an eye on. Otherwise, it can be expensive.

When an accident has occurred, traffic congestions appear fast. In Sweden, you are obliged to let emergency vehicles through, and the same applies in the above-mentioned countries. The term “Rettungsgasse” (rescue street) has become synonymous with creating space by either holding the right or left of the highway.

Overloaded roads mean that the German police are aiming to ensure compliance with the rule. During an emergency on the Autobahn, it is possible with a loudspeaker on the emergency vehicle to be used to command free roads, even with comments concerning specific cars. When you see the blue light and hear the word “Rettungsgasse” you know what it’s about – Turn aside.

For those who do not leave a rescue route, it may end with fines. Austria has the highest amount of the fine, which can be as high as 2000 euro.

To park in Germany so that rescue vehicles cannot pass by, a fine of 35 euros is expected and the car will probably be towed away.

Below is an example of how bad “Rettungsgasse” look from a police car.

Want to read more about driving a car in Europe or on the Autobahn? Click here.

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