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Does anyone know of an online page which describes the German road rules and road signs? I did the test a few years ago now and feel that I need to brush up.

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Thought I'd add to this as it seems the most appropriate thread.

 

I'm confused and just don't get it.

 

Situation:

Unsigned t-intersection, 30kph limit zone

 

Giving Way:

a) car turning right or left out of a terminating street

B) car passing straight through intersection with terminal road on either the left or the right

c) car turning from the through road left or right into a terminating road

 

In the world that I came from, any car in an unsigned intersection on a terminating road must give way to vehicles in the intersection. I've been told that here, through traffic must give way to any turning vehicle that is exiting the terminating road, if in a 30kph limit zone. Is this really the case?

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Car to your right has priority.

 

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Situation:

Unsigned intersection

 

Right-before-left is the rule for unsigned intersections.

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Unsigned t-intersection,

 

 

 

Car to your right has priority.

 

unless this sign was sticking on a post / wall/ house/ drainpipe/ lamp post :blink: a few metres 10 metres 20 metres before the junction .....

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Anywhere before the junction actually, unless there was another equal junction interrupting the right of passage in the meantime.

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Here's a few links, somewhere in them you'll find info on right-of-way.

 

USAR Driving Manual for Germany: http://usareurpracticetest.com/germany/documents/manual.pdf

 

-- Even if you're not armed forces, this details the rules of the road in Germany. Still a handy guide. Just ignore any bits about "losing your USAREUR license".

 

German Road Signs PDF: http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/rmv/drivers_handbook/1903412.pdf

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unless this sign was sticking on a post / wall/ house/ drainpipe/ lamp post blink.gif a few metres 10 metres 20 metres before the junction .....

 

You're not wrong but the original problem statement was only concerned with a 'non-signed' T-junction.

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There's some good info here: http://www.gettingaroundgermany.info/auto.shtml

 

The quiz on who yields to who is quite fun - they get quite complicated! :)

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I've been told that here, through traffic must give way to any turning vehicle that is exiting the terminating road, if in a 30kph limit zone. Is this really the case?

 

It isn't just in a 30kph zone and it isn't just here, it's the case for pretty much every European country. No signs, give way to the right.

Last weekend I came up to a four way crossing and four cars turned up at the same time, after a little hesitation, one of us broke the law and took a car coming from the rights "vorfahrt" (It was me!).

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You're not wrong but the original problem statement was only concerned with a 'non-signed' T-junction.

 

yes Mr. Nosey, I assumed he meant this...or lack of this

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Hello all, thanks for the great and, wow, many, responses. The pics did the job, and thanks to another, I now know the rule is 'Dead Right.' Silly me for not knowing - Antipodean that I am. I guess I can be forgiven for learning to drive on the wrong side of the road. That pdf was a bonus, thanks, and the picture story, he he he, I understand there's a whole new world for bike rules. ;-)

 

Your answers havebeen really helpful and will most likely save my marriage, next time I'm in the front seat with my wife, wondering WTH she's doing and why she's slowing at an unsigned intersection.

 

Thanks one and all.

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I also getting familiar with the German signs. I've been reviewing a pocket handbook along with Google Earth's Street View.

 

In the attached picture, the dash and solid line symbol referred by the red arrow, does this mean that if I'm going on the same direction as the white car, then I am not allowed to turn or make a u-turn (but if I'm on the other side of the road, then I can)?

 

In the other attached picture, the blue circle with the white arrow is explained as a mandatory direction for travel. How come it is only pointing to one side of the road?

 

Danke!

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In the attached picture, the dash and solid line symbol referred by the red arrow, does this mean that if I'm going on the same direction as the white car, then I am not allowed to turn or make a u-turn (but if I'm on the other side of the road, then I can)?

 

Yes, that's what it means. You can't cross a solid line that's facing you, but traffic in the opposite direction can turn left or make a U-turn there.

 

 

In the other attached picture, the blue circle with the white arrow is explained as a mandatory direction for travel. How come it is only pointing to one side of the road?

 

It's not the direction for travel, it simply means "keep right" as part of a divided road (divided by the median). If the road narrows and the median disappears, you could see this sign:

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That one means two-way traffic on a non-divided road. It's also posted on a one-way street that becomes two-way at an intersection.

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If the road narrows and the median disappears, you could see this sign:

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That one means two-way traffic on a non-divided road. It's also posted on a one-way street that becomes two-way at an intersection.

 

Thanks, El Jeffo! That symbol is defined as "Oncoming traffic" in my pocket book. I didn't really understand what it meant until your explanation. So, by non-divided road, do you mean a road without any white lines on it?

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It can have dotted white lines, but no median (paved, grassy, or otherwise). The arrow sign in your second picture is the "keep right" sign at the start of the median. Before that, it's a non-divided road with two-way (or oncoming) traffic.

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