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Germany's autobahns hit with speed restrictions due to heatwave

Do you worry about the state of roads?

Authorities in Germany have introduced speed limits on sections of the famously-unrestricted autobahns because of heatwave conditions. 

Behind the speed limits are concerns that high temperatures could create potentially deadly cracks in the surfaces of the roadways that could cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

The autobahn has also historically been used as a high-speed test road by German manufacturers, like Mercedes-Benz The autobahn has also historically been used as a high-speed test road by German manufacturers, like Mercedes-Benz

The roads reportedly weren’t built with such high temperatures in mind, which could be a future issue as global warming is being blamed for causing hotter global temperatures.

As a result of this, many sections of the highways were limited to as low as 100km/h - much lower than even the highest speed-limited roads in Germany.

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Forecasts in the country have suggested that temperatures could top 38.2ºC this week, and the country’s all-time record of 40.3ºC, set in July 2015, could fall.

Authorities were concerned that the highways would crack in the extreme heat. Authorities were concerned that the highways would crack in the extreme heat.

While there were no immediate reports of accidents or carnage on the autobahns of the country, it has reportedly occurred previously. Authorities were quick to act by lowering the speed limit. 

In addition to concerns over infrastructure, the heatwave across Europe has been linked to injuries and even deaths caused by the sweltering heat. 

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