Driving In Germany

by Admin on August 15, 2011

Driving in Germany
Driving in Germany photo credit: hkpuipui99

Driving on German roads is a delightful experience. The scenery is spectacular and the roads are maintained very well. Although there are some sections on the Autobahn that have no speed limit, there are plenty of other regulations that all drivers should be aware of when in German.

Registration

Drivers will need to have proof of their ownership of the vehicle, along with proof of insurance. If your 7 seater 4X4 was purchased in Germany, you will also need to bring a special document that is meant to stay with the vehicle for its entire life span. Vehicles also have to pass a safety inspection so cars and diesel trucks for sale will need to be inspected after three years if they were bought brand new.

Laws that govern the condition of motorcycles and cars are also very strict. The mirrors, horn, tires, brakes, windshield, engine, and all other components will need to be checked. Vehicles often fail the inspection test due to faulty tires, brakes, lights, or rusty components. A base rule is that if something is mounted on your vehicle, it must be completely serviceable and functional.

Insurance

Before a car is allowed to be registered in Germany, the owner must provide proof of liability coverage for any injury or damage to any object, car, or another person. Although comprehensive or collision insurance is not required by German law, most drivers already have it when purchasing the vehicle.

Insurance in Germany is not cheap, but it is necessary since most other drivers will have it. Beginner drivers will need to pay higher fees than experienced drivers, just like those who drive powerful and big cars pay more than people with more modest vehicles. If you have a great driving record in your own country, you can also get credit when applying for Germany car insurance.

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