German Autobahn

Speed limits: 50 km/h (31 mph) inside built-up areas and 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas. Parts of the autobahns have a posted limits up to 130 km/h (81 mph). There are rural sections which have no general speed limit. You are required to adapt your speed to road, wheather conditions and your skills so that you have control over your car at all times. Keep in mind that there are many speed limit signs that will interrupt your "race". So there is no reason to get overly excited.

Beginning of the Autobahn
german autobahn

End of the Autobahn
germany autobahn

Fines - if you exceed Speed Limit for:

till 10 km/h 10,- EUR
11-15 km/h 20,- EUR
16-20 km/h 30,- EUR
21-25 km/h 70,- EUR, 1 Points
26-30 km/h 80,- EUR, 3 Points
31-40 km/h 120,- EUR, 3 Points
41-50 km/h 160,- EUR, 3 Points, 1 month driving ban
51-60 km/h 240,- EUR, 4 Points, 1 month driving ban
61-70 km/h 440,- EUR, 4 Points, 2 month driving ban
über 70 km/h 600,- EUR, 4 Points, 3 month driving ban

Your tachometer always shows a higher speed than you were actually driving in reality. It shows a speed that is about 2-10 km higher depending on your car, the type of tachometer, if your wheels are new or old and other factors.

Partly no Speed Limit

Driving a Corvette ZR1 on the German Autobahn...

The German autobahn is the fastest highway in the world, but I think you shouldn't drive very fast. I never drive faster than 150 km/h as I don't want to end up as dead meat. Driving fast is very risky and just not worth it. One mistake and you are dead, because it requires a lot of concentration and energy. Many people die each year on the German autobahn. Do you really want to be one of them?

Safety Distance

Make sure you keep a sufficient distance to the car in front of you or you will get fined.

If you drive faster than 80 km/h the right distance is Tachometer Speed divided by 2. So if you drive at a speed of 100 km/h then you should keep a safety distance of 50 meters to the front car on the autobahn.

Fines: from 75 Euro up to 400.- Euro depending on the actual safety distance you had when you were caught.

Fatal Accidents

3340 people died 2013 by car accidents in Germany, 260 people (7,2 %) less than the year before. This is the lowest figure since 1953, in spite of the fact that the number of cars and motorcycles increased to 52,3 million.
But the number of accidents on the Autobahn has increased! (by Statistische Bundesamt, Germany)

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