Status: 18.09.2023, 16:30 p.m.
By: Simon Mones
In autumn and winter, special rules apply to motorists. Anyone who does not comply will be fined. However, the weather can also prevent penalties.
Summer is over. Meteorological autumn has been since 1 September, and the third season starts on 23 September. For German motorists, this always entails some changes, because some rules only apply in autumn and winter.
Driving in autumn and winter: Proper lighting is important
As soon as the days get shorter, the light takes on a special meaning. This is a topic that many people hardly pay attention to anymore because modern cars have automatic lights. However, these only react to the change in lighting conditions. However, other factors such as poor visibility due to rain or snowfall are not taken into account.
But it is precisely then that the right lighting is important. For example, the high beam is not helpful in fog and snowfall. On the contrary, it impairs vision even more. If visibility is limited due to twilight, darkness or obstructed visibility, such as rain or snow, the low beam is the right choice. This is also the view of the legislator and therefore prescribes it. If you do not comply, you will be fined 25 euros in urban areas. If the violation occurs outside built-up areas, 60 euros and one point in Flensburg will be due.
In poor visibility, it is better to drive slower
In addition, drivers should also adjust their speed in poor or limited visibility. Therefore, speed = visibility. If this is 50 meters, you are only allowed to drive 50 km/, as t-online reports. In foggy conditions, it is therefore advisable to drive slowly.
In foggy conditions, it is important to slow down and keep your distance from the vehicle in front. © Wassilis Aswestopoulos/Imago
The safety distance should also correspond to the speed being driven. "This means that at a speed of 50 km/h you should keep a distance of at least 50 metres from the vehicle in front. This distance can be easily read from the delineators at the roadside," as the ADAC emphasizes. But even with enough distance to the vehicle in front, you should always be ready to brake.
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If you drive without winter tires, you risk a fine
With the falling temperatures, the situational winter tire requirement also takes effect. "This means that you can only drive with winter tires in winter road conditions, i.e. black ice, slippery snow, slush, ice or frost," explains the ADAC. The rule of thumb from October to Easter (O to O) is merely an indication. Legally, it has no relevance.
On the other hand, if you continue to drive with summer tires and are caught, you will receive a fine of 60 euros and a point in Flensburg. In the event of an obstruction of other road users, this increases to 80 euros. In the event of a hazard, the fine increases to 100 euros.
Snowy traffic signs do not always apply
And snow can also be quite expensive. Because if you do not free your car from the white powder, you will pay a fine of 25 euros. If the windshield is not properly de-iced, a fine of between 10 and 35 euros may be imposed. However, the engine must not be running. This environmentally harmful behavior can cost 80 euros.
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But in case of doubt, the snow can also save fines. For example, when a traffic sign is no longer recognizable. However, motorists have to prove this afterwards. However, traffic signs that are recognizable by their shape remain valid. And even those who are familiar with the area must continue to follow the signs. On your way to work, you will not be able to avoid the fine if, for example, you have been flashed. Then another excuse has to be used. It is a bit easy if the car has been snowed in and therefore the parking disc or parking permit is no longer recognizable. In this case, of course, there is no nodule.