Driving in Germany Tip of the Day Part 1

The speed limit changes. I know, we've all heard that on the autobahn, you can drive as fast as you want, because there is no speed limit. On many parts (the parts that say 130), that's essentially true. Now, the 130 is a recommended speed, not a speed limit. This means, if you're exceeding that speed and get in an accident, its automatically your fault, no matter what. This is especially true if you're an American. General rule of thumb, if you're an American driving over here, and they can make it our fault, then it is.
But, just because it was 130 on your way to Kaiserslautern yesterday, doesn't mean that it is today. They have adjustable speed limits. They are done digitally, so on a particularly windy day, the speed limit will be lower going over a bridge. On a rainy day, it will be lower everywhere. While I don't believe these places are monitored with cameras, as are the smaller roads, it's for your safety that you follow these general guidelines.


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