Drive on the right

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Getting around in a motor vehicle is fairly simple and civilised. Across Rhine Ruhr, traffic can be heavy but road surfaces mostly reasonable. Fixed speed traps are in operation and the police are allowed to pull drivers over and do stop checks. Radar guns are in use in many areas.

The the general speed limit through inner urban areas is 50 kilometres per hour (30mph) unless otherwise posted. 60 km/h is often permitted on wider urban streets and 80 km/h on urban highways. In designated residential areas and near schools speed should be capped to 30 kmph (20mph).

Drivers should never attempt a u-turn through the tram tracks on dual carriage ways. Trams appear quickly, travel fast, are heavy and can seldom stop in time if a vehicle is in their way. Accidents occur quite regularly.

Care is also necessary when a vehicle approaches from the right at junctions that are unmarked. They have right of way and take it.

It’s also important to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians at junctions since they too often have right of way. A cultural peculiarity means that many unfortunately tend to trust their right of way on a green light and do not have their eyes on the traffic.

Roads with options leading towards bridges, tunnels and fast roads can often be confusing and surprise with tight bends. Motorway driving is fast.



Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Jürgensplatz 1

40219 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 384 30

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