When to Use Headlight Flasher in Germany

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When to Use Headlight Flasher in Germany, when it comes to headlight flashers, there are a few things drivers need to know before hitting the road in Germany. In this article, we will cover everything from when they can be used, what they mean for drivers, and how to use them correctly.

We’ll also provide some tips on etiquette while driving with headlight flashers in Germany. So, whether you’re a tourist visiting the country or a resident driver, read on for all you need to know about using headlight flashers in Germany!

When Can I Use Headlight Flasher in Germany?

In Germany, headlight flashers are only allowed to be used in two situations: when warning other drivers of danger and when overtaking. These are exactly two situations:

  • If you feel that you or others are at risk
  • If you overtake outside built-up areas

Did you know that it is against the law to give someone priority by flashing your headlights at them? Just like, for example, warning drivers of an approaching speed trap by flashing a headlight. But, if the driver in the left lane doesn’t see that you want to pass them – even though you’re signaling with your indicator light – you can flash your headlights at them. However, it should only be for a few seconds and intermittently. As long as maintain a safe distance from the car ahead of you, then you’re not breaking any rules or coercion.

Flashing Lights – When Is It Necessary

If the distance between two vehicles is only a few meters and the driver of the vehicle in front is forced to clear the left lane or drive faster over a longer distance by flashing his lights, the driver who is tailgating can be criminally investigated. In addition to a heavy fine, he or she could face a driving ban or the revocation of his or her driver’s license.

Recommended: Defensive Driving: A Comprehensive Introduction.

Flashing Headlights on Autobahn

It is considered aggressive to flash your headlights. The fine can be severe if you do that and approach fast and tightly at the same time. It might explain why there are fewer people doing it now.

The left lane is always the only lane you can use to pass someone. The right lane should be driven at 100 km/h unless you are running out of gas, in which case you can drive 80 km/h and switch on the warning lights).

In Germany, truck traffic is extremely high due to its location in the middle of Europe. While not intended to be so, the right lane has become a lorry/truck lane. So if we have three lanes and the right lane is full of trucks, the middle lane accommodates the normal cars which in fact have a speed of 130-150 km/h, the left lane should be reserved for overtaking (meaning that people use it for high speed). 

Waheed Akhtar
Waheed Akhtar, an experienced driver in Germany. From speed limits to parking etiquette, his insights will make you a pro on German roads. Connect with him for expert insights on driving in Germany.


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