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Motorists are often wrong : The nine most popular traffic misconceptions

You actually know better: You have to look over your shoulder when turning, in town only 50 km / h are allowed, you are not allowed to park in the second row. Often enough, however, drivers also commit traffic violations and believe they are right. Gerhard von Bressensdorf, Chairman of the Federal Association of Driving Instructors 'Associations (BVF), Markus Schäpe, Head of Traffic Law at ADAC and Daniela Mielchen, Board Member of the Working Group on Traffic Law in the German Lawyers' Association (DAV), clarify popular traffic errors:

1. Cyclists don't belong on the streets

It might make life easier for motorists: But cyclists are by no means doomed to ride on the bike path. “Cyclists basically belong on the street,” says Markus Schäpe. After all, it is intended for vehicles. The obligation to use the cycle path is actually an exception and only applies if it is signposted with a blue, round sign. However, this signage must not be arbitrary, explains Schäpe. “The cycle path may only be signposted if there is a particular danger.” In numerous cases in recent years, the authorities have therefore had to dismantle the signs.

2. Change lanes early when using the zip fastener

Be it because of a construction site or because a two-lane carriageway narrows to one lane as planned: the zip-fastener method applies here when moving into the remaining lane. Gerhard von Bressensdorf observed that many motorists do not seem to be aware of exactly how to proceed: "Many people are obviously afraid that they will not be allowed in at the end of the lane and change much too early." This opens up traffic the track that continues, unnecessarily dammed up. "The law here is very clear: you only change lanes in the immediate end of the lane that ends." If you do this correctly, you often get the annoyance of those who change early, but this is the only way to make optimal use of the traffic space.

3. Overtaking on the right is strictly prohibited

Most motorists should be aware that you can overtake on the right in built-up areas. But this is also allowed on multi-lane country roads or motorways under certain conditions. “For example, when you drive in a continuous column,” says Bressensdorf. The line of vehicles in the right-hand lane is allowed to pass the line in the left-hand lane. This even applies regardless of the speed. “But it has to be a column without gaps,” said von Bressensdorf. “As soon as the queue breaks, overtaking is again prohibited.” Even a single vehicle may occasionally overtake on the right. "But only up to a maximum speed of 80 km / h and if the difference to the overtaken vehicle is not more than 20 km / h," says von Bressensdorf. These values ​​have prevailed in the case law.

4. There is no need to blink when the right of way kinks

The persistent mistake is that you don't have to blink when turning on a priority road. The following applies: The direction of travel decides whether you have to blink or not. If you drive straight ahead, you don't blink, if you turn, you have to indicate the change of direction. “Even if you can't help but turn left, because a one-way street leads to the right, you have to blink,” says von Bressensdorf.

5. Whoever drives up is always to blame for the accident

If a driver drives another driver in the back, he is actually usually the culprit. “Proof of the first appearance counts,” explains Daniela Mielchen. And that speaks for the fact that the man behind kept too little distance, was too fast or inattentive. If the driver can prove that the vehicle in front has braked for no reason, for example, this can relieve him. "Braking for small animals such as a hedgehog or a frog is also classified by the courts as having no reason."

6. You always have to drive on the right on motorways

Usually, but not always, the right-hand drive rule applies. "Outside built-up areas, you can deviate from this if you have three or more lanes if there are cars in the right-hand lane," explains von Bressensdorf. The reason for this regulation is that you want to prevent the cars from having to drive serpentine lines. “In practice, however, we often observe that the right lane is free, the middle one a little fuller and the left one completely full. So the traffic space is being used far too poorly. "

7. Flashing the headlights is compulsory

You know it from the rearview mirror: An impatient driver tries to create a free path by fading in several times. The accusation of coercion is often made. Often wrongly, as Daniela Mielchen knows. “The road traffic regulations explicitly stipulate that overtaking outside of closed
Localities is indicated by sound and light signals. ”So you can even sound the horn. “It becomes compulsion, however, if you drive up very close and repeatedly flash the lights,” says Mielchen.

8. A passer-by is allowed to keep a parking space free

Nobody can forbid you to keep a parking space free for your spouse who is about to arrive by car. Or? “Except for the legislator,” says Markus Schäpe. “The parking space is there for vehicles.” In this respect, the following applies: first come, first served. “Of course, you don't want to advise anyone, but as a driver you should even drive slowly towards the pedestrian to get them to clear the gap,” says Schäpe. Anyone who defends himself as a pedestrian, for example by bracing himself against the car, is committing a coercion.

9. Right before left also applies in parking lots

"That is probably one of the biggest mistakes of all," says Gerhard von Bressensdorf. “In parking lots, the principle of mutual consideration applies. You have to communicate with each other. ”The only exception is in parking lots with large distribution streets, from which smaller parking streets branch off. But here too, caution is advised, because it is difficult to tell whether such a situation exists. “In any case, you are well advised if you do not insist on your supposed right. With mutual consideration you drive much better. "(Dpa)

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