The Autobahn has become infamous for speed to drivers from around the world. Most travelers from the United States are clueless what driving the Autobahn actually means. Take a closer look at the Autobahn and the tips you need to know when you travel to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The Autobahn is basically just a highway however, unlike other highways, parts of this road still don’t have a speed limit. However, the myth for many is that any driver can simply drive as fasts as they want on this over 7,000 mile highway are no longer true. The truth is, most of the highway is just 80 mph, that being said, that is still much faster than many state’s posted speed limits.
If you are planning a trip to Germany and are going to be driving on the Autobahn, take a look at some tips to help you.
- No passing on the right – Similar to the U.S. highway system, passing on the right is illegal. If you must pass, move to the left lane.
- Pay attention – With parts of the highway with no posted speed limit and an average speed of over 80 mph, using your mirror is important as cars can sneak up quite quickly especially around corners.
- When not passing, stay to the right – Again, like the U.S., if you are driving slower than others, stay to the right at all times except to pass.
- Don’t forget to use your blinker – When passing or turning off, always remember your blinker to avoid accidents.
- Know and follow speed limits – While not everyone does, there are plenty of police officers willing to give a clueless tourist a ticket for not obeying a posted speed limit. 130 km/hr is equal to 80 mph in the U.S. Expect slower speed in major urban areas.
- Remember to relax and take a break – the Autobahn is fast and can be stressful in peak traffic. While there is no law to take breaks, it is advised. There are plenty of places to stop along the way for a rest.
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