When a lot of people travel abroad they are nervous about renting a car because they do not know how to drive in that country. Well if you want to drive in Germany we are going to go over a few differences of what you should be prepared for while driving. We decided to talk about Germany first because this is where Sixt rent a car has most of its rent a car locations and it is also one of the most wanted places to drive because on certain highways there is no speed limits. A true drivers dream!
Germany Driving Compared to American Driving
There is several similarities when driving in both countries like we both drive on the right side of the road, there is stop signs, and similar traffic lights. However there are somethings that you need to be aware of when you are within a city is what to do when there is no stop sign. The best way to handle this situation is to handle it as a four way stop where the person on the right has the right away, Germans will not stop at the intersection only slow and keep going.
The traffic lights are similar like mentioned above but when the light is red it will go yellow before green, you can go on the yellow but be aware of a person or bike crossing a street. Speaking of pedestrians be aware of pedestrians at all times before you turn there is a lot of bike lanes making it harder to be aware of everyone when you drive. Another difference is that you can not take a right turn when the light is red. You can only turn when the light is green.
Now, when you are on the highway you also need to be aware of things, you can only pass a car when you are in the left hand lane, if you pass in another lane you could get a ticket. Also when there is no speed limit there will be a sign with a speed limit like 120 km and then there will be a line through it. Which means that the recommended speed is 120 km but you can drive as fast as you want! zoom zoom! However on the autobahn (highway) cars in the left hand lane will be going really fast and they expect slower cars to get out of their way. So if you are in the left lane and see a car fast approaching it is a good idea to move over to the right, if it is possible. Also if another driver flashes his lights at you that means he wants you to get out of his way. Flashing your lights at a car is illegal in Germany so do not do it back.
These are the main differences in driving in Germany but do not be nervous you will get use to the differences really fast.
Warning there might be other differences while driving in Germany these are just some that Sixt wanted to mention.
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