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Be careful when reversing: Drivers should definitely observe these rules – there is a risk of a fine


Reversing negligently can not only quickly lead to accidents, but also to high fines. When is reverse driving prohibited?

Reversing negligently can not only quickly lead to accidents, but also to high fines.

When is reverse driving prohibited?

Munich – In road traffic, caution is always required for drivers and other road users.

This is especially true when reversing, because accidents with the car can quickly happen here.

A look too little in the rear-view mirror, another traffic object that disappears in the blind spot, misjudged a distance - the possibilities for an ugly end are manifold.

At the same time, or precisely because of this, there are clear rules for reversing for motorists, which can result in high fines as punishment if they are not observed.

There are strict rules, especially for motorways and one-way streets.

The website

provides an overview of the regulations when reversing


Basically, when reversing with the car, a certain duty of care must always be exercised, which will cost the driver 35 euros if the car is disregarded.

If the driver endangers other road users, the penalty is 80 euros.

If an accident has even been caused in reverse gear, this will result in a fine of 100 euros.

Meanwhile, drivers are often unclear as to whether “right before left” applies when reversing.

Avoid an accident when reversing: Reverse gear is permitted in these situations

  • Reversing

    is permitted in situations where

    no other participants in traffic

    are obstructed and endangered (e.g. often in traffic-calmed zones)

  • If, due to various circumstances ,

    two vehicles cannot continue their journey

    because they cannot pass each other on the road, they

    may reverse

    to make room and allow both sides to continue their journey.

  • If a traffic situation requires a vehicle to reverse, the rule of


    at intersections or junctions also applies here - unless otherwise regulated by a special traffic sign.

Reversing for drivers: In these situations, there is a risk of fines

In addition to the general regulations, there are also specific situations in which reversing is completely prohibited.

It is therefore completely prohibited on motorways and in generally confusing places in traffic.

Reverse gear must also not be engaged on one-way streets, with the exception of parking in or out.

Be careful when reversing on one-way streets and highways

  • Reversing

    is strictly forbidden on


    , their

    entrances and exits

    as well as on the

    hard shoulder and can quickly become dangerous.

  • Reverse gear must not be engaged

    even on

    one-way streets .

    There is an exception when parking in or out of a one-way street - this is allowed.

According to information from

, if reverse gear is engaged when entering and exiting motorways despite the ban, this can result in

a fine of 75 euros.

It can therefore cost up to 130 euros on the hard shoulder of the motorway and bring one point in Flensburg.


Of course, following the rules can not only save money, but also help to avoid dangerous accidents.

If you want to read the regulations in detail, you can read the legal regulations under §

9 of the Road Traffic Act.


Horns are often honked in everyday traffic.

Strictly speaking, the use of the horn is only permitted in two situations.

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2023-02-02

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