Why is there no speed limit only on German motorways?

It is not true that there is no speed limit in Germany.That is simply wrong.

Everywhere on German roads and thus also on motorways, the principle applies that: “Those who participate in traffic must behave in such a way that no one else is harmed, endangered or, more than unavoidable, obstructed or harassed by the circumstances.”
This means that you must not drive as fast as you like, but only so fast that no one is harmed or endangered.
What is difficult for some is that there is no fixed numerical value, because there are circumstances such as visibility, weather conditions, road conditions, etc.depends on how fast you can drive without endangering anyone. In dense fog you have to drive slower than is possible with good visibility.

In addition to this basic speed limit, there are even more specific speed limits for certain vehicle types.Heavy trucks, towing vehicles with trailers, etc. These vehicles are never allowed to drive faster than their speed limit, but they must also slow down when visibility is poor or slippery. Cars do not have such a design-related speed limit, but are also checked to safely control their built-in speed limit, their top speed.

There are also speed limits for roads (e.g. country roads) because there are, for example, intersections or traffic lights where motorists may have to stop at all times.And also the signage or, for example, the curve radii are matched to the respective speed limit.
The German motorway is an exception in that it was designed from the outset (and also the corresponding building regulations) in such a way that a general speed limit is not necessary.For example, there are no intersections or traffic lights. Exits are displayed much earlier than is the case with country roads. However, if there are deviations, such as road damage or construction sites or danger points, a fixed speed limit is also imposed there, but restrictions such as “only in wet road” can be subject.

In Germany you only have a speed limit if:

  • one is in a vehicle that does not have a design-related speed limit other than its maximum speed
  • one is on a road which does not know a design limit (i.e. motorway) in a section which is structurally in order, so that no speed limit was imposed there.
  • road, weather and traffic conditions allow to take advantage of the maximum speed of the vehicle.

In other countries, in my experience, it fails:

  • On the roads, which are designed for a certain speed and are therefore equipped with a speed limit.
  • At the safety of vehicles, which in some areas are technically simple in a pitiful condition.
  • And sometimes also on the quality of the drivers (driving training, driving practice).

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