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Road signs to watch out for on your European holiday

If you are planning to take a holiday to the Continent this year, driving to Europe can be a great way to save money if your vehicle is economical and in good condition, and what’s more, it is much more of an adventure than flying. Stopping in remote places that you would never normally visit is a great way to see a country and really get a feel for what it is like under the surface. You will get to appreciate how things work in the villages rather than just the big cities and get a much better idea of what the country’s residents are really like.

If you are not used to driving in Europe then it pays to make sure that you know what you are doing before you set off. France is the first European country that you’re likely to pass through, so getting to know their road signs is a good start. Here are a few important ones to get you going!

 

CEDEZ LE PASSAGE

In France, this is a sign that you will see time and time again. The writing is contained within a rectangular box, which sits beneath an empty white upside-down triangle with a thick red border. It means give way to traffic, and you will see it everywhere!

 

SERREZ A DROITE

Another French sign, with white writing within a solid blue circle. It means keep well over to the right side of the road and is a reminder to be vigilant and aware of oncoming traffic.

 

VOUS N’AVEZ PAS LA PRIORITE

Once again you will see writing in a white box with a thin black border. Above it there will be a white triangle with a thick red border, containing three arrows in a circle. This is a common sign in France and is to remind drivers that traffic on the roundabout has priority.

 

PRIORITY SIGNS

Another common sign reminds drivers about priorities. A priority road sign is made up of a solid yellow diamond with a thick white border. The same sign with a single, thick black line running through it from top right to bottom left signifies the end of a priority zone.

These are just a few of the more common French road signs that you are likely to come across on a regular basis during a drive through the country, but it certainly pays to do your research and find out what other common road signs refer to. The same is true of any other countries you are planning on heading to.

 

 

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