Driving in Germany 

Compulsory items

  • 'GB' sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
  • Registration and insurance documents
  • Crash helmets (motorcycles only)
  • Headlight converters
  • Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet and use dipped headlights at all times

Speed limits

  • Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
  • Outside built up areas: 62mph or 100km/h
  • Dual carriageways and motorways: 80mph or 130km/h
  • There is a minimum speed limit of 37mph or 60km/h on motorways.
  • When visibility is less than 50m, the maximum speed limit is 31 mph or 50km/h


  • Children under  12 and less than 1.5m in height can only travel in the front seats of a vehicle if they are using an approved child seat that is appropriate for their age and size
  • It is prohibited for child seats to be used in the front seats if the airbag has not been deactivated.


  • It is recommended, but not compulsory, that drivers keep a first aid kit and warning triangle inside the car
  • As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement
  • It is compulsory for dipped headlights to be used in daytime in cases of in bad weather
  • Motorists can be fined for such things as exceeding speed limits, using abusive language and making gestures or signs
  • It is prohibited to drive with only sidelights at night