Saturday, January 20, 2007

Right Before Left - Driving in Germany

How do you best explain some of the critical differences about the driving rules between Germany and the U.S. to a friend that just moved from here from there?

Here is a pretty good attempt:

"Right Before Left: This is really important and probably the major difference between driving in Germany and in the United States. When you approach an intersecting road (either a crossroad or a street that merely intersects on one side), and if there is a car approaching from the road to your right, that car has the right-of-way. By the same token, when you approach an intersection and a car approaches you on your left, you have the right of way (you are on his right). But use caution - that other driver could be a tourist or someone who simply had their license changed over!"

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