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Tips for driving your motorhome in Germany

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Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is advising on driving regulations for Germany.

So if you're planning a trip to the Vaterland in your motorhome, remember:

  • While some autobahns (motorways) are free of speed restrictions, this is only on parts of the network. Where there are speed limits posted, they are strictly enforced.
     
  • Remember that the drink drive limit is lower in Germany, 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (rather than 80 mg in the UK) – this could be especially crucial when considering the ‘morning after’ effect.
     
  • To park in Germany you need to buy a blue parking disc (parkscheibe), available at service stations, and parking vouchers (parkschein). Parking meters are also common.

     
  • Radar speed camera detectors are illegal in Germany, whether or not you are using them. Penalties include fines of up to €1500.

     
  • During daylight, you must use dipped headlights or daytime running lights if your vision is impaired by fog, snow or rain.

     
  • You should carry a warning triangle, set of bulbs and a first aid kit, although these are only compulsory for residents. And don’t forget your GB sticker.
     

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger says: “When driving abroad, you need to think about the regulations not only of your final destination, but of the countries you’ll pass through on your way.

“For instance, if you’re heading to Germany via the land of their French neighbours, don’t forget that you are required to carry a pack of two disposable breathalysers to keep the gendarmerie happy. The breathalysers must meet NF standards and carry the NF certification.”


Travelling to Spain this year? Read the IAM's tips for driving in Spain here

Travelling to Italy this year? Read the IAM's tips for driving in Italy here

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