Driving in Germany


We have put together some information that you might find useful while driving in Germany.

Car safety equipment

  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective vest
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Spare Bulbs
  • Torch

Click HERE for some useful Amazon links for all the above items.


Wheel clamps are not used in Germany, but vehicles causing an obstruction can be towed away.

Fines of €10 to €35 are imposed for parking offences. The cost of retrieving an impounded car varies from €100 to €300.

Winter Equipment

Winter tyres – COMPULSORY

Germany introduced regulations in 2010 requiring all passenger cars and motorbikes to be fitted with winter tyres or all season tyres on all axles in wintry conditions.

Snow chains – REQUIRED (should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

Mobile Phones

The use of hand-held phones by a driver is prohibited generally but is allowed with the vehicle stationary and the engine switched off. Fines for using a hand-held unit whilst driving are €30. The use of hands-free phones is allowed.

Speed Camera Detectors

Cars with a GPS navigation system that can detect the location of speed cameras must have this function deactivated.


Although Germany has a relatively large amount of high-quality motorway sections and tolls are obliged to pay only the drivers of vehicles with a weight of 7,5 tons above. Payment can be done after registration by an automatic system Toll Collect, over the internet or through terminals located directly on the motorway sections. For drivers of cars and motorhomes under 7,5 tons motorway sections in Germany are free. German officials are trying to impose tolls on foreign drivers, which could see us having to either buy a 10 day or 2 month pass. There are two tunnels that charge a toll which are the Herren Tunnel and the Warnow Tunnel.

Speed Limits

Click HERE to check on the speed limits for this country.

Emergency Services Number

Emergency Services Number in Germany is 112.


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