If you want to drive in France, you probably know that you will have to pay attention on the road as the French rules may differ on those you know. First of all, DRIVE ON THE RIGHT!
Before entering in France and if you are driving a right hand drive car, make sure you have converted the headlights with the stick-on filters you can find in any good car spares shop. Be also sure that you have a high visibility jacket and a triangle in your car, as you are since recently bound by law to carry them in the car and to use them in case of breakdowns or accidents.
The legal age to drive in France is 18 years. So, UK full licence holders under the age of 18 cannot legally drive in France.
France has three major types of roads:
About the price of fuel, you will be happy to discover that French prices are cheaper! If you can, try to buy it on the parking of supermarkets: it's where you can usually find the cheaper price! On the contrary, avoid to buy it on motorways as the price is more expensive there than elsewhere.
All passengers must wear seat-belts. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to sit in front seats.
When driving in France please be aware that on the spot fines can be issued by the Police and Gendarmes if you are breaking the law. The following road fines are issued in France:
Everywhere, even by night, the French policemen and Gendarmes can check your speed. There are increasingly more fixed speed cameras ('radars'). All fixed speed cameras are preceded by a warning road sign. Speed checks are sometimes made in unmarked police or Gendarme cars, so our piece of advice is to always abide by the speed limits. Any drivers that have received a speeding ticket and have a question about it can call the national number 08.11.10.20.30. Further details about fixed radars can be found on the following website: www.radarsfixes.com .
In poor weather conditions (rain, fog,…) speed limits are reduced to 90 km/h on dual carriage ways and to 110 km/h on motorways.
Speed excess inferior to 20 km/h in towns :
Speed excess inferior to 20 km/h on main roads, dual carriage ways and motorways:
Speeding in excess of between 20 km/h and 50 km/h on main roads, dual carriage ways and motorways:
Speeding excess superior to 50km/h:
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