It is every petrolhead’s life goal to drive on the famous unrestricted German Autobahn. But we Germans have to use these roads every day. And so, over the years, we found many things we hate about it.


It is every petrolhead’s life goal to drive on the famous unrestricted German Autobahn. But we Germans have to use these roads every day. And so, over the years, we found many things we hate about it.

1. They are in horrible condition


The first Autobahns were built out of concrete slabs. Sure, many Autobahns were rebuilt and are now made out of tarmac, but especially where I live (in the south of Germany, near Munich) they are still made out of concrete. This causes a very bumpy ride, and, what’s even worse, it’s a safety issue. Because as soon as the temperatures reach 30°C, the concrete extends and folds up. These are called ‘Blow-Ups’, and many bikers lost there lives when hitting these things at speed. BUT HEY, no problem, the German government has found the perfect solution for that: Just replace stripes of the concrete with tarmac, so it can extend without breaking up. This obviously makes the ride even worse… And then there’s the noise. While other Autobahns are already made out of a special noise-reducing tarmac, these rough concrete slabs make a hell of a noise.
I know that the situation gets better the further north you get in Germany, as they rebuilt them from North to South. But that leads me onto the next big problem.

2. Roadworks take forever


You remember that Top Gear Episode where the guys were challenged to renovate a road in 24 Hours? Well I bet the German government didn’t watch it.

Let me give you an example. Pretty close to where I live, there is the A94. It was designed to connect Munich and Passau, a distance of 155km. But since today, only 70km are in use. Why? Because the rest isn’t built yet, or because there are still discussions with the land owners. And, believe it or not, they have been working on this f*cking piece of road for MORE THAN 30 YEARS NOW. And it’s estimated to be finished by 2025 (which means it’s not gonna be finished before 2035). So almost 50 years for 155km of road. We are super angry about that, as a big part of the traffic drives through our village instead.

Let me give you another example, just to clarify how incredibly long this build time is. We go on vacation to Croatia every year, and we are always amazed by the progress they have made in one year. Last year for example, we discovered a new ‘Autobahn’ which seemed to lead through the entire country, and we were sure that it hadn’t been there last year. And guess what: It included several tunnels, bridges, and was built on uneven wasteland. And it was made out of proper tarmac. IN ONE F*CKING YEAR.

So, why are do the roadworks in Germany take that long? The workers only work from about 9 to 16 o’clock. And not on Saturdays or Sundays. The safety procedures take for ever. And when you actually see someone work, there are at least three people standing next to him, with cigarettes, watching him do the work.

Oh, and of course, the speed limits also exist on the weekends and in the night because they are too lazy to cover the signs. Which brings me onto my next point.

3. Unrestricted? Hahaha!


The Autobahn is most famous for the fact that you can go as fast as you want. But that’s actually very rare. The speed on the Autobahn is almost always restricted to 120 km/h (75mph). And then there’s the roadworks, which we talked about earlier, where you have to drive 60km/h (37mph).
And there are many other options to slow us down. For example, ‘Schleudergefahr’. Often used when the road is wet, but sometimes also when it’s completely dry, this advises you to go slow because otherwise you might spin out. It’s great fun going 60 on a dry Autobahn…

4. Traffic jams


Traffic jams are common on every high-speed road. And especially on the Autobahn. Every morning, every evening. And guess which city had the most traffic jams in 2016? - Munich.

5. There are way too many idiots on the road


Let me just list a few of them:
Lane hogs, especially in the middle lane.
BMW drivers who pull up behind you with flashing lights, ready to push your trunk into your glovebox.
Idiots who change lanes without using their indicators.
And I could continue for ever.

The worst possible thing: So called Elephant races. A truck overtaking another truck, with 1/10th of a km/h of speed difference. The German law says that these overtaking maneuvers which often block the entire Autobahn may only take 45 seconds. But seriously, who’s gonna control this? No lorry driver seems to give a sh*t about that.

So, that’s it for now.
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that we have an Autobahn here, but nothing is perfect, and so criticism should be allowed.

Tobi aka The Stig’s German Cousin



True.. Still better than polish highways - oh wait. There are no.. 😂

03/14/2017 - 16:32 |
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Szymek Slusarczyk

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

:’) trying not to cry

03/14/2017 - 18:26 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

There are no highways in Poland?

03/15/2017 - 08:47 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Sounds like it’s not too far off driving in the USA vs German autobahn, seems like I’m not missing out much lol

03/15/2017 - 09:14 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The highway connecting Warsaw and Berlin is quite good, actually. It’s a toll road for the most part, so the road quality is great and it’s always pretty much empty from my experience.

03/15/2017 - 09:17 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Are you really that stupid? Come on, our highways are the best, u can get to main cities in a blink of an eye- the surface is smooth, wide and quite safe.

03/15/2017 - 12:57 |
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All of a sudden, US highways don’t seem so bad. :/

03/14/2017 - 16:37 |
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The Stigs Californian Cousin

In reply to by [Flux]

Hold up, have you been to L.A.?

03/14/2017 - 20:28 |
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Harrison Stoff

In reply to by [Flux]

Have you ever been to Florida? The roads are constantly under construction. Usually for the worst/stupidest/meaningless reasons.

03/14/2017 - 21:18 |
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In reply to by [Flux]

You seem to have a very positive view of the roads in the USA.
I’d gladly live in a country with the issues listed above, than drive on the sinkhole infested “infrastructure” exists here.

The roads here are more pockmarked than a teenagers face.

03/14/2017 - 21:25 |
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In reply to by [Flux]

Man i love NC…I-77 traffic??? No problem,a millon ways to get home,all looking like this

03/15/2017 - 00:59 |
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In reply to by [Flux]

Its really not that bad the more you move north bavaria is just very special xD

03/15/2017 - 06:06 |
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That doesnt sound that bad you should try UK motorways. pot holes never repaired motorways with constant road works, speed cameras every half a mile etc.

03/14/2017 - 16:39 |
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Chris Hooton

In reply to by OctyVRS

Completely agree our motorways in the UK are a shambles, consrant average speed limits or the new favourite variable speed limits where they can set the speed limit to what they want and you can get fined a whopping amount, then the constant roadworks or more the size of them they literally go on for 13 miles or more at some points but have about 13 people ‘working’ on them and I say working in quatations because they literally all seem to sit in the cabs of the diggers doing jack sh*t or all huddled about in groups having a cuppa and a chat, no wonder nothing gets done I really wouldn’t mind if they shut the motorway for a maximum of 2 miles at a time so the small workforce can get these 2 mile stretches done quicker but nope 10 or 12 miles of average speed limits and not just once a journey sometimes 3 or 4 times a journey it’s ludicrous!

03/14/2017 - 22:33 |
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M25 worlds biggest car park

03/14/2017 - 22:35 |
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David 27

The trucks have a reason for those races, and it makes a huge difference if you drive 8 hours with 80 or with 90

03/14/2017 - 16:40 |
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German Perfectionist

In reply to by David 27

The speed differences are usually not that high, and so they are unnecessary and annoying.

03/14/2017 - 16:42 |
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एक और दो को पढ़ो !
हमारे देश में ऐसा नहीं होता, भारत में जर्मनी के मुकाबले ज्यादा तेज़ी से काम होता है !

03/14/2017 - 16:44 |
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Right brother. We are the rising superpower

03/14/2017 - 16:48 |
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Great post, sir!
I learned many things about Autobahn today because of you!

03/14/2017 - 16:45 |
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German Perfectionist

In reply to by Akashneel

Thanks! Education with The Stig’s German Cousin 😉

03/14/2017 - 16:46 |
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Adrien Duval

The worst has to be when people pull out from the right lane without looking in their mirrors when you’re arriving at 180 kmh….

03/14/2017 - 16:50 |
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No the real worst is when people enter the Autobahn and the go to the right lane right away without any car beeing there. Funny thing is only people in not so fast german cars do that, m5 and m4 drives seem to know they dont own the roud but a 318d oh dam he thinks hes driving a fu*ng porsche.

03/14/2017 - 20:35 |
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Steve Millard

Yea similar problems in the uk, I just did the M4 from Wales into England and faced every one of these problems (except our speed is always restricted). The variable speed limits through cities/near interchanges are always on and add so much time to the journey when you have to go through a few different towns :(

03/14/2017 - 17:13 |
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JenstheGTIfreak (pizza)

I come in Germany a lot on Autobahns and such, and unfortunately I have to agree. The Dutch roads are nearly except ALL the roads are tarmac and the highest speed you’ll ever do is 130 KM/H

03/14/2017 - 17:34 |
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The Grand Parkway (99) in texas has a speed limit of 70 mph on most of it, but since its Texas we go about 80-100 mph regularly. I hate even driving 70 on it because the speed limit still feels too slow for the kind of road it is.

03/14/2017 - 17:52 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Aye Texas has lovely roads, I have family in Ft Worth so I go there every year or so. The driving standards of a lot of folks on the road is pretty terrifying, always a ‘d*ck in a truck’ as my dad calls them doing something erratic.

03/14/2017 - 20:41 |
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