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Here's what you'll need to know when driving in Germany. Anyone driving in Germany should make sure they take extra care on the country's autobahns, where many stretches have no speed restrictions applied.
Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
•4.5 per 100,000 of population
Minimum age for drivers
Maximum speed limit
•No official speed limit, however top speed of 130kph/80mph is generally recommended unless signs say otherwise
Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
Equipment required in car
•A warning triangle (recommended)
•Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlight, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps
•First aid kit
Documentation to be carried
•Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
•Original registration document, or hire-car paperwork
•Motor insurance policy
•A GB sticker unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted
•Seatbelts to be worn by all vehicle occupants
•The use of dipped headlights is recommended at all times - and use is compulsory in rain, snow or fog. Using sidelights only is not allowed
•Cars must be equipped with winter tyres in winter weather conditions. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to 80 (around 65)
•Like the London Congestion Charge, certain German cities have emissions zones, where a permit is required to drive. However, unlike the London Conngestion Charge, the German version needs to be applied for in advance. Get more information here:
On the spot fines issued
This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.