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