Driving in France
Driving in France isn’t too different from the UK, so the first thing I would recommend is don’t worry about it. The most evident difference being that you drive on the right-hand side, while it is very difficult to get this wrong due to the layout and setup of the roads, I would still recommend sticking a notice on your car dashboard to remind you.
However you’re planning getting to France whether it is via the Euro Tunnel or Ferry Crossing they’re certain laws and regulations you must adhere to while driving in France, all of which have been put in place to make it a safer driving environment for everyone.
Driving in France Checklist
- Driving Licence – If you’re driving in France you will need a full drivers licence, this will need to be shown to officials. If you plan on hiring a car in France you will need to supply a driver’s licence.
- Documents – Original copies of your driving documents including insurance, vehicle registration and current MOT certificate.
- High visibility jacket or vest – It is a legal requirement to carry a florescent jacker or vest in your car, for the driver although it is recommended you provide hi-viz jackets for all passengers. Do not place the jacket in your boot since it is illegal to get out on the side of the road without a high visibility jacket.
- GB car stickers – GB vehicle stickers must be placed on your vehicle as well as anything you maybe towing.
- Warning triangles – It is a legal requirement to carry at least one warning triangle while driving in France. In the event of your vehicle breaking down the warning triangle must be placed 50 to 100m behind your vehicle. Don’t go without one, you can buy one for less than £5.
- Speed limit stickers – A relative new law in France which states that caravans and trailers over 3.5GTM must have French speed limit stickers, buy a pack now for less than £4.50.
Driving in Paris
Like any major city the traffic can be complete a nightmare, honking horns, irate French people and the kids kicking the back of your seat, it’s enough to flip even the most mild mannered civilian. But relax, take a deep breath and remember that it will all be worth it when you see those little eyes light up at the sight of Mickey and co. No help reduce the risk of road rage on the streets of Paris here are a few helpful traffic tips:
- If possible avoid the rush hours near Paris
- Paris is usually busiest during the beginning of August when the French holidays start
- Avoid “Black Saturday” this is a period when road traffic is busiest, this day usually falls on the first day of August.
- You’ll find the roads in and around Paris are quieter on Sundays due to less Lorries being on the roads.
- Try to take the “Francilienne” route around Paris, this is the outer circular route which is usually much quieter than Boulevard Périphérique, a controlled dual access carriageway in Paris.
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