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Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 14 Dec 2012, 19:04
by Ralf85
I am planning to travel to Bamberg in my 1985 westie in April/May. I have been on line to check to see if there are any special motoring rules I need to worry about but couldn't find anything special that applies. Am I missing something? Cheers.
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Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 14 Dec 2012, 20:05
by Ian Hulley
For GOD'S sake keep your eyes on your mirror if you have any ambitions to overtake anything !! The 2 lane autobahn are NOT the easiest place with cars doing ridiculous speeds down the fast lane and trucks crawling on the inside lane.

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 14 Dec 2012, 20:48
by jed the spread
Ralf85 wrote:I am planning to travel to Bamberg in my 1985 westie in April/May. I have been on line to check to see if there are any special motoring rules I need to worry about but couldn't find anything special that applies. Am I missing something? Cheers.
:?:


You will be fine, its only Germany.

Jed

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 14 Dec 2012, 21:15
by Ralf85
Ian Hulley wrote:For GOD'S sake keep your eyes on your mirror if you have any ambitions to overtake anything !! The 2 lane autobahn are NOT the easiest place with cars doing ridiculous speeds down the fast lane and trucks crawling on the inside lane.


Cheers for the warning Ian. I will take extra care. With my DF engine I think I will probably spend most of my time crawling along in the inside lane I reckon as I do in France. Still with a LHD van I have more confidence overtaking in europe than I did with my old RHD van.
:)

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 14 Dec 2012, 21:27
by 72BUG
I drove down to Munster last year. Really enjoyed it. Fantastic roads. If you're going via France don't forget you now have to carry a breathalyser kit in your car.

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 14 Dec 2012, 21:37
by Ralf85
72BUG wrote:I drove down to Munster last year. Really enjoyed it. Fantastic roads. If you're going via France don't forget you now have to carry a breathalyser kit in your car.


Good news. Cheers, but don't start the breathalyser discussion again though. Check on the forum. Evidently this madness has now been suspended for the forseeable future.
:ok

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 15 Dec 2012, 17:24
by 72BUG
Ralf85 wrote:
72BUG wrote:I drove down to Munster last year. Really enjoyed it. Fantastic roads. If you're going via France don't forget you now have to carry a breathalyser kit in your car.


Good news. Cheers, but don't start the breathalyser discussion again though. Check on the forum. Evidently this madness has now been suspended for the forseeable future.
:ok


Ah so common sense does sometimes prevail?

To be honest I never bothered. As far as I'm concerned the best plan is always to get the hell out of France as quickly as possible.

The roads in Germany are an absolute dream as far as eating up the miles goes, like most things German they just work, but there is not a great deal of scenery if you stick to the autobahns. Or at least not the ones I went on. The towns and cities are beautiful though, and extremely clean and well kept.

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 15 Dec 2012, 17:26
by SYNCRO
When I was stationed in Germany it was a requirement you carried a first aid kit and warning triangle...

The latest from the AA says it all :wink:

http://shop.theaa.com/content/driving-in-europe

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 15 Dec 2012, 20:49
by Ian Hulley
SYNCRO wrote: in Germany it was a requirement you carried a first aid kit and warning triangle


You're right with that ... having both anyway I forgot to mention those. :ok

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 18 Dec 2012, 08:19
by Ralf85
Cheers everybody for all the useful advice. Now that I have checked the mileage for the trip I am changing plans. It would be a round trip of over 1000 miles. As my insurance policy only covers me for 5000 miles a year I cannot really use up 20% on one short trip. I have now decided to fly there instead. Shame really but that's life.
:ok

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 18 Dec 2012, 08:22
by Titus A Duxass
Triangle, spare bulb kit, first aid kit and hi-viz vests are all mandatory.

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 06 Jan 2013, 19:55
by California Dreamin
Disconnect your speedo....5 minute job.....rely on your SatNav for the speed...much more accurate anyway.

Martin

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 23 Jan 2013, 01:16
by dearjohn
Would have to echo everything said above. Great country to drive and camp in. We found the people very friendly, campsites very well run and relaxed. The white wines are great value, if you buy from the farmers yard, the wine producing regions all have guides to each little vinyard in the tourist offices. If you like old half timbered buildings etc, then just keep to the minor roads! nigel in ireland

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 23 Jan 2013, 09:24
by ghost123uk
Ralf85 wrote:Cheers everybody for all the useful advice. Now that I have checked the mileage for the trip I am changing plans. It would be a round trip of over 1000 miles. As my insurance policy only covers me for 5000 miles a year I cannot really use up 20% on one short trip. I have now decided to fly there instead. Shame really but that's life.


Priorities all wrong there :shock: imho of course :wink:

Re: Germany trip - advice needed

PostPosted: 23 Jan 2013, 11:08
by California Dreamin
Be aware of 'restricted Green zones' in certain major city centres. Similar to London (Green enviromental zones) require a badge.

http://www.german-way.com/driving-envir ... zones.html
Martin