German autobahn - speeding- risk free?
Posted on 2008-10-20
A couple of days ago I was driving on an autobahn in Germany. Speed limit 130 kmh and I had that on the speedometer and occasionally was overtaken by cars that must have been travelling at least 30-40 kmh faster. Interestingly one car came past, not quite so fast - say 20-25 kmh, closely followed by a police car. Said car promptly slowed to 130 kmh presumably the driver realised who was behind then the police car followed it for a couple of kilometers then didn't follow it as the 'normal' car left the motorway.
Now, I live in Switzerland and was then discussing this with my wife because (my understanding of matters that is) up to +5 kmh is usually no problem. Accuracy of measuring devices.
6 - 20 kmh is a fixed fine
21 - 40 kmh is typically a fine based on a sliding scale
41+ kmh is quite likely goodbye driving licence for a period plus a hefty fine. (Some months ago a Ferrari driver, repeat offender, high speed, in town - 150, 000 Swiss Francs - yes one hundred and fifty thousand fine according to the press).
So - what are the 'rules of thumb' concerning speeding on the autobahns in Germany or are the police in Germany not so bothered as long as it is not hazarding other drivers?
ps. Any disagreements with my 'rules of thumb' for Switzerland would be interesting to hear. (Many years ago I did talk with someone that drove a lot for a living and they said the cruise control in their car was set for 138 kmh for the autobahn - it would cost them but at least they would still have a licence)