Prohibitions, offences, insurance issues
Curious rules for the car: if you had known about these regulations?
- Author christina rosenberger
If you drive a lot, you have to know a lot of rules. But some bans are so crazy that you might think they were invented.
Garbage in the car, driving without shoes or even arguing at the wheel – all these scenarios for car drivers seem to be a private matter at first glance. But apparently the police can intervene in certain cases – in other cases there is no ban, but insurance coverage may be affected. So here’s an overview of how to reach your destination safely and without a legal gray area:
Curious rules for the car: can i drive barefoot or in flip-flops??
A classic scenario seems to be driving in flip flops, high heels or even barefoot. All these behaviors are not forbidden in principle. But if an accident is caused by wearing what is presumed to be unsuitable footwear at the wheel, you as the driver can expect to lose insurance cover. Like catalog of fines.Org reported, three key points apply here:
- 1. The legislator does not dictate to drivers what shoes to wear while driving. That means, in the traffic control no fine and also no driving ban threatens because of unsuitable or missing footwear.
- 2. If you are involved in an accident while wearing flip-flops, birkenstocks or high heels, you may be partially at fault – but this is decided on a case-by-case basis. In the worst case, both a fine and problems with the fully comprehensive insurance can come about.
- 3. To be on the safe side, it is recommended to wear closed shoes that cannot slip off your feet.
These are the rules many drivers have already heard, or dealt with. But what if an argument arises during the car ride? Like stern.De reported, it is quite similar here. In concrete terms: "if there is a scuffle on board and an accident occurs as a result, the fully comprehensive insurance does not have to pay.“
Curious rules for the car: is it okay to eat or operate your cell phone in the car??
But what about things you do in the car as a matter of course?? We are talking about operating the radio, the air conditioning or the navigation system – just like eating and drinking behind the wheel. The answer here is: as long as you don’t lose sight of what’s happening on the road, you can do all of this. Of course, all these activities must not lead to inattention, which in case of doubt could result in an accident.
The cell phone, on the other hand, is absolutely taboo as long as it is not in a cradle. According to the ADAC, the following generally applies to all electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, smartwatches, notebooks or dictaphones: you must not operate them in your hand under any circumstances and may only use them for a "brief" glance at the navigation system, for example. You can only pick up and use the equipment again when you are stationary and have completely switched off your car.
Curious car rules: littered car – can police impose a "clean-up period"??
ÜBy the way, it is always worthwhile, especially abroad, to inquire about the latest regulations in road traffic. In the netherlands, for example, so-called "smartphone speed cameras" have recently been introduced, recognizing when a person is using an electronic device at the wheel. If you get caught here, you have to expect punishment.
At the beginning of the week, a motorist in essen had to experience an extremely curious rule in road traffic for himself. In a report of the german press agency dpa it says: because his car was dangerously full of litter, the police gave him a "clean-up deadline. The man urgently needed to tidy up in the allotted time, the message said.
Curious rules for cars: make-up and naked driving allowed in germany?
But don’t worry – you can’t be forced by the police to clean up just because of some garbage or a full backseat. in this case in essen the condition of the "vermullung" was according to report massively. It is said that at present there are objects in the footwell on the driver’s side, among other things, so it can no longer be ensured that the driver can "brake or engage the clutch appropriately for the situation".
The car had only attracted the attention of the officers because the driver had been sitting unusually close to the steering wheel – behind him everything was full of paper and garbage. In addition, the car was due for inspection by the TuV. How to read the sticker correctly, explained echo24.De in a separate article.