Autobahn Hit With Speed Limits Due To High Temperatures

Summer has officially arrived and it’s getting uncomfortably warm in a number of places.

One of them is Germany were the temperatures were so high that officials put speed limits on usually unrestricted sections of the Autobahn.

While it sounds odd that temperatures would cause the enforcement of speed limits, Bloomberg reports officials were worried the high temperatures “could create potentially deadly cracks” on the Autobahn. As a result, some sections of the roadway carried a speed limit of 62 mph (100 km/h).

Also Read: German Autobahns – The Do’s and Don’ts of High-Speed Motoring

Forecasts suggested temperatures could top 100.7° F (38.2° C) today and some meteorologists even believed the country’s all-time record of 104.5° F (40.3° C) could fall. While the record wasn’t beaten, The Weather Channel reports Coschen, Germany had a high of 101.5° F (38.6° C).

There were no immediate reports of damage to the Autobahn, but it has happened in the past. This poses a potentially dangerous situation as vehicles could be traveling at speeds well in excess of 100 mph (161 km/h) and then encounter a cracked or buckled section of pavement. If this scenario were to happen, a driver could hit the road hazard and potentially lose control of their vehicle.

Despite being internationally renowned, German roads seems to be susceptible to high temperatures. As DW.com noted, a number of roadways had to be closed earlier this month when sections of pavement cracked as temperatures topped 86° F (30° C).

Older roads are more susceptible to failure, but the issue appears to be that the roads weren’t designed with high temperatures in mind. This could become a serious problem in the future as global warming is being blamed for causing hotter summers in typically moderate climates.

  • Mr. EP9

    Well, I suppose it does make sense given that roads can buckle and crack under high temperatures especially if they weren’t designed to handle it. I guess speed demons will just have to just wait until the heat dies down before they’re allowed to go flat out again. Besides, cooler air is better for your performance than hot air anyhow.

  • #GermanProblems

  • Ben

    Respect to Germany looking out for the public and public assets like that. Hell, nowadays in some states the interstate needs to have a dang crater before they’ll do anything about it.

  • AintYerPa

    Y’know.. They blame Global Warming, but I bet it’s REALLY Trump’s fault…

  • f1300

    Interesting. Living in Germany, I’ve heared of nothing likewise at all. It’s obviously not a general thing. Maybe some city decided to limit some kilometers (but hell, they do that for whatever reason all day). Ok, over 95% of the Autobahn are already restricted permanently, so it wouldn’t make a difference anyways…

  • driv3r

    Um well… these cracks are limited to a small single digit number of sections of the Autobahn and sometimes they just occur one lane that needs gets closed. It also happens mostly only to the concrete sections of the Autobahn as concrete doesn’t expand as easy as tarmac/asphalt in heat which then causes the cracks.
    Most repairs can easily be done over night and only very short sections of some Autobahn roads have a speed limit in place for a longer period of time. But its not like all of the German Autobahn has a speed limit in place now because of cracks.
    (On a different note it applies what some others already have mentioned: Most sections of the Autobahn already have permanent speed limits (esp. dangerous passages, Autobahn in cities etc.) or temporary speed limits to improve traffic flow. – That may be an interesting note to all visitors to Germany who think they can do (and drive) on the Autobahn just as they want to and permanently ignore all warnings and limits.)

  • Dark Rebel

    Germans spend a lot of money and time maintaining their roads. When doing road trips in Germany many sections of the autobahn are being repaired constantly, so one is not always able to cruise fast all the time. It is not like the US where a “work zone” can be there for months with no men working, in which the state will still ticket people.

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