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IAM offers advice to motorists heading to Germany

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued advice for UK drivers taking to German roads this summer, urging them to ensure that their journeys are safe and legal.

Motorists are reminded that not all autobahns are free of speed limits. In areas where restrictions are posted, these are "strictly enforced".

Furthermore, the German drink-drive limit is lower than in the UK, permitting just 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood compared with 80 mg per 100 ml.

Carrying a warning triangle and first aid kit is not compulsory for visiting motorists, but the IAM advises drivers to equip themselves regardless. As in France, radar speed camera detectors are illegal whether they are being used or not - incurring fines of up to €1,500 (£1,277) where discovered.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger added that drivers should familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations in every country they intended to pass through.

"For instance, if you're heading to Germany via the land of their French neighbours, don't forget that you are required to carry a pack of two disposable breathalysers to keep the gendarmerie happy," he said.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801599569-ADNFCR


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