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Driving on the Autobahn in Germany

a. Autobahns are indicated by sign 330. Vehicles not capable of maintaining a speed of 60 kph (37 mph) are not allowed on the autobahn. …

a. Autobahns are indicated by sign 330. Vehicles not capable of maintaining a speed of 60 kph (37 mph) are not allowed on the autobahn. Waking is not permitted along the autobahn.b. Autobahns may be entered only at officially designated points marked by sign 330 or 430. When entering an autobahn, drivers must yield the right-of-way to vehicles on the autobahn. Entering an autobahn is extremely dangerous because of the high-speed traffic. Using the outer-right merging lane, drivers must be sure the road is clear before accelerating and entering.

b. Autobahns may be entered only at officially designated points marked by sign 330 or 430. When entering an autobahn, drivers must yield the right-of-way to vehicles on the autobahn. Entering an autobahn is extremely dangerous because of the high-speed traffic. Using the outer-right merging lane, drivers must be sure the road is clear before accelerating and entering.

c. A driver may leave an autobahn only at authorized points marked by sign 333-20.

d. The right lane of autobahns is for cruising. The left lane should be used only for passing, except in special situations (for example, traffic jams, accidents). It is legal to remain in the left lane if waiting for the vehicle ahead to finish passing.

e. Vehicles using exit lanes at autobahn intersections may drive faster than vehicles in the lane to their left after reaching the broken white lines that designate the exit lanes have begun (significantly wider traffic lane marking shortly before restricted area).

f. Autobahns have dividing strips in the center with guardrails. Crossing dividing strips is illegal unless directed by German police. When approaching or going through repair or construction sites, drivers must watch for sign 276, which prohibits passing in these areas.

g. Emergency telephones are located at 2-kilometer intervals along autobahns. Arrows on roadside reflector posts indicate the direction to the nearest one. These telephones are connected by direct line to the office of the highway superintendent (Stra?enmeister) where a switchboard operator is always on duty. Although most of the operators speak only German, lifting the receiver indicates the exact location of the caller. If the caller cannot be understood, the operator will ask the German police to come to the caller?s aid.

h. Autobahns have hard-surface shoulders. Vehicles may be driven on these shoulders only if mechanical trouble occurs. If a vehicle breaks down, the driver is required to move the vehicle onto the shoulder as far from the traffic lanes as possible and take immediate action to warn approaching drivers by turning on flashing lights and setting out a warning triangle (para 27). It is recommended that all passengers get out on the right side of the vehicle and wait behind the barrier, not on the shoulder or in the vehicle.

i. Drivers on the autobahn must not?

    (1) Back up or make U-turns.(2) Stop or park. (Authorized parking areas are marked by sign 314.)(3) Run out of gas. Drivers may be fined for stopping if their vehicles run out of gas.(4) Drive in the left lane to prevent vehicles from passing.(5) Tailgate and flash headlights in an effort to force other drivers to the right lane.  

    (6) Get out of POVs when stuck in a traffic jam.

j. Buses and trucks must stay at least 50 meters behind the vehicle in front of them.


 

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