Driving in Germany

One of the most exciting and rewarding parts of my journey was when I hired a car in Berlin with the plan to drive to Munich.
I made it! This was the route I took:

I noticed a few things about driving in Germany:-

  1. Being on the left side of the car and driving on the right hand side of the road felt completely natural almost from when I first got in the vehicle;
  2. Germans were generally very polite drivers, but I got the feeling that if you ventured into the wrong lane on the Autobahn you would not think the same;
  3. Roads are very well maintained – no potholes in sight;
  4. Being upgraded from a Volkswagen to Mercedes-Benz was a bigger deal for me than them. 90% of cars on the roads were Mercedes-Benz, Audi etc
  5. Antifreeze liquid to go in the wiper dispenser is super important, otherwise the water will freeze on your windscreen;
  6. It was important to accelerate and decelerate slowly. If you accelerate too quickly on snow, your tyres will spin!
  7. I always had at least half a tank of petrol. Running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere didn’t really appeal to me.
  8. I never used cruise control. I don’t use it when I drive alone so I definitely wasn’t going to use it in a foreign country.
  9. Germans are very good drivers. It costs them over €2,000 in driving lessons and tests, as well as complicated tests so only people who are passionate and dedicated will make it onto the roads!
  10. The reason the Autobahn is of such a great standard is due to the multiple layers of concrete – a bit different to our main roads!
  11. There are areas on the Autobahn that have speed limits so make sure you keep an eye out for these!
  12. Do not sit in the far left lane. People go REALLY fast! 240km/hr fast. You don’t want one of those drivers up your rear holding down the horn and only weakly applying their brakes on the assumption you will move.  I saw this happened and thought the car was going to get squished!
  13. It is illegal to overtake on the right;
  14. When traffic is at a standstill you should put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers;
  15. Every car in Germany is required to have a hi-vis vest in it. How logical!
  16. Big trucks are not allowed to drive on Sundays;
  17. Pay extra for an in-vehicle GPS system. Worth every penny.

Those are my observations and tips for now. All in all, it was a great experience and I would love to be on the Autobahn again someday soon!

One thought on “Driving in Germany

  1. Gee ! Dianne you definately loved you Holiday drive in German ‘s Winter . The ” Merc ” is a superb Automobile .

    l o l John & Mandy

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