Autobahn Speed Limit

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Autobahn Speed Limit
Autobahn Speed Limit

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Germany's Autobahn, simply meaning "highway" in english, has long attracted tourists from all across the globe, wanting to drive on this roadway that many picture as being a race track for the daily commute. Although there have been many misconceptions about the autobahn, the main one is the belief that there is no speed limit whatsoever and drivers are free to drive as recklessly as they wish. This may be somewhat true, but as you'll see in this article, treating the autobahn as your own personal race course can come at a hefty price.

Autobahn Speed Limits

Although many foreign drivers like to believe that there is no speed limit placed upon users of the autobahn, this is only partially true. Certain sections of the highway are speed-limit free, marked by the German road sign signifying so, a circle with five lines running diagonally inside of it. Many areas of the autobahn have defined speed limits, anywhere from 40-100mph, mostly located near urban areas where traffic and multiple exits cause more hazards to be present on the roadway, making driving at high speeds highly dangerous to both the driver and anyone else using the autobahn. There are reasons for these autobahn speed limits, and these signs should never be ignored.

Safety On The Autobahn

Finding yourself on a section of the autobahn with no speed restrictions can be extremely exciting, tempting you to put your pedal to the floor. Although this is completely legal, and fun, there are rules that need to be followed to stay safe, as well as ticket-free, while driving on the autobahn. These are just a few of the rules that need to be followed when driving on the autobahn:

  • Always move out of the left lane when a faster driver is approaching you. This idea is prevalent on all highways, but is much more strictly enforced on the autobahn.
  • Never pass in the right lane, even if a driver refuses to move from the left. Passing on the right is illegal, as well as dangerous, and you will be ticketed.
  • Driving fast may be legal, but never drive recklessly. Put at least 2 seconds between you and the cars ahead of you, no matter what speed you are traveling at.

Following these rules, as well as paying attention to all signage, will allow you to safely enjoy your drive on the autobahn, one of the worlds most effective, and fastest, highways.

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