Traffic laws in Germany

The rules in Germany are pretty basic.

One thing to be aware of is the country’s environmental green zones. It is required that all vehicles, even foreign-registered vehicles, display an environmental badge in order to drive through these zones.

Passing in moving traffic must be done on the left. Passing on the right is allowed only in stationary traffic.

Other laws to be aware of: driving with headphones is illegal, and mobile phone use is allowed only with the use of a hands-free device.

Germany also is famous for its autobahn highway system. These highways have no federally mandated speed limits for some vehicles, but that doesn’t mean drivers can drive at any speed they want.

Speed limits are established in urban areas, areas with sub-standard road conditions, or areas that are accident-prone. Limits also exist in construction areas. Limits also are set for certain weather conditions, and those are strictly enforced.

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