Coronavirus measures: Drivers must now comply with these rules again

Lots of cars on the road, heavy traffic – even during lockdown (symbol).

© picture alliance / Patrick Seeger/dpa

Corona still has the country under control, the lockdown light is in full swing. Again, there are many special rules and regulations – also in the car.

After the coronavirus was more or less under control during the summer, the number of infections in Germany is now increasing again. Larger gatherings of people should therefore be avoided if possible. Anyone who goes out among people should absolutely comply with the applicable hygiene regulations in order to prevent infection. In order to avoid public transport, many people switch to the car, where they are protected from infection *. If you take other people with you in your car, you should pay attention to a few things.

Coronavirus: how many people can ride in a car?

In everyday life, people have to follow the applicable Distance rules hold. The general rules apply everywhere at petrol stations, rest areas and workshops. A minimum distance of at least 1.5 meters must not be maintained in vehicles. The ADAC recommends limiting car journeys with people outside the family and your own household as much as possible. If it cannot be avoided, it is therefore advisable that the inmates have one Mouthguard wear. In addition, only People from the same or another household be transported in the same car.

Coronavirus map Germany: the current situation

Do I have to or may I wear a face mask in the car?

The mask requirement in Germany applies since 27. April. Anyone who is out and about in supermarkets or other shops or by public transport – now also in busy pedestrian zones – must wear an appropriate face mask. The regulation therefore does not apply to private cars. However, if you still want to wear a face mask at the wheel *, you have to make sure that the Facial features remain essentially recognizable – with conventional masks this is not a problem. However, this could not be guaranteed for larger variants. Here you can even Fines threaten in the amount of 60 euros.

Interesting too: Face masks in the car: Experts warn – many people make this big mistake in the car.

Where can you go?

Basically it is Traveling by car within and outside Germany is permitted. In this country, however, overnight stays are in other federal states only possible to a limited extent. If you are traveling from a corona hotspot, you may have to be in quarantine, unless you have a negative corona test that is no more than two days old.

When traveling abroad Motorists should also inquire about the applicable regulations in the respective country. Tourist trips are currently not recommended.* tz.de is part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network.

also read: Car insurance: Drivers can get money back because of Corona.

Those: ADAC

Warning lights in the car and what they mean

Suddenly it flashes and lights up in the cockpit! The symbols and control lights on the dashboard indicate whether the car is technically missing. However, it is important to know what the lights mean. Here are the most important indicator lights in the car: © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Engine oil pressure too low. Stop engine. Check the oil level and top up if necessary – but this does not always help. Usually the car has to be towed to a workshop. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Insufficient oil, check oil level and refill – otherwise there is a risk of engine damage. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Buckle up sign: One or some of the passengers are not buckled up. The symbol also lights up when there is a heavy bag on the seat. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Problems with the power supply: Generator defective or an electrical connection interrupted. Do not switch off the engine and go to the nearest workshop. DO NOT continue driving with electric power steering (power steering assistance can fail) or a torn V-belt (motor can overheat). © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Problems with the brake. If this light stays on even when the handbrake is released, there is a great danger. Too little brake fluid or the pads are down to the metal. Stop immediately and call the breakdown service. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Motor is overheated. Cooling water is no longer enough. Stop and let cool. Then definitely to the workshop. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Tire pressure monitoring system reports low tire pressure. Possibly harmless if the symbol lights up after changing tires (missing calibration) – more in the operating instructions. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Restraint system malfunction. Functional failure of the airbag / belt tensioner possible in the event of an accident – go to the workshop immediately. The symbol also lights up when the front passenger airbag is deactivated (due to child seat). © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Brake pads are worn out and should be replaced soon. Continue driving possible. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is active – often on wet and icy roads. Steer carefully, do not brake hard and take your foot off the gas. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
Engine control problems. The pollutant emissions can be increased. The symbol also lights up if the lambda probe is defective or a marten has damaged a cable. Drive to the nearest workshop immediately. © ADAC
It flashes and lights up: What the warning lights mean in the car.
The rear fog light is switched on. In Germany only allowed if visibility through fog is less than 50 meters. © ADAC

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