Fast Au­to­bahn facts

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GER­MANY is fa­mous for two things: amaz­ing beer and its 12 950 km long high-speed Au­to­bahn.

Though these two things should never, un­der any cir­cum­stances, mix, it’s the lat­ter that caught our at­ten­tion.

How fast can you re­ally travel? How safe is a “road with­out speed lim­its”?

There are many mis­con­cep­tions re­gard­ing the iconic Au­to­bahn. In­surance4­carhire has an­swered the ques­tions most fre­quently asked and helps to cor­rect some mis­con­cep­tions of Ger­many’s fa­mous road.

The first and most im­por­tant dif­fer­ence be­tween Ger­many and South Africa is that it is much more dif­fi­cult to ob­tain a Ger­man driver’s li­cence, which also costs over R23 000 for a car li­cence. Learn­ers must also drive on the Au­to­bahn as part of tak­ing their test, and the first thing they learn is the Au­to­bahn is not just about speed.

Safety is a pri­mary con­cern for au­thor­i­ties, start­ing with road­ways that are im­pec­ca­bly main­tained, of­fer­ing some of the smoothest tarred sur­faces in the world. Ger­many’s ver­sion of our Sanral last year spent R8,28 mil­lion per km on the Au­to­bahn.

Po­lice pa­trols also en­force rules against reck­less driv­ing, with 60% of the Au­to­bahn car­ry­ing a rec­om­mended speed limit of 130 km/h.

The re­sult is that less than 10% of the road col­li­sions in Ger­many oc­cur on the Au­to­bahn.

This trans­lates into a bil­lion ac­ci­dent-free kilo­me­tres for ev­ery 2,7 fa­tal­i­ties.

PHOTO: IN­SURANCE4­CARHIRE

The dos and don’ts on Ger­many’s speed-un­lim­ited road.

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