I suppose driving in France is much like driving in any country. However, if you are from the UK like me then driving on the “wrong side” of the road can be a little daunting! I have driven abroad before and I was pretty nervous at first as I was driving my dad’s car (which is now my car) but I soon got used to driving. It actually found pretty strange coming home and driving on the left!
Tips for Driving in France
Drive on the Right!
Okay, I’m sure you know that driving in France is different to the UK. However, if you have never been before then this obvious tip may actually be of help. It does take a while to get used to driving on the right-hand side but after a while, it becomes the norm and you feel right at home (just don’t go home to the UK and drive off the ferry onto the right-hand side!)
Remember to take…
In France you need to remember to take the following in your car:
- high visibility jackets for each passenger in the car in case of a breakdown
- A warning triangle is a legal requirement to have in your car, so if you don’t have one go buy one.
- Spare bulbs in case you have a light go out, French police seem to like you to replace bulbs straight away if one goes out.
- You will also need to carry a Breathalyzer in your car if you don’t carry one you could get an on the spot fine.
Speed Limits on Motorways
Motorways in France are 130kph for dry conditions and 110kph for wet conditions (unless stated elsewhere), please abide by these as police are about on the motorways watching out for speeding cars.
It is illegal to have radar detection devices in your car, so make sure you don’t carry any. Turn off the speed camera notifications on your Sat Nav if you have them set up, otherwise, you could lose your licence and your car if you get caught!
Most motorways are toll roads which means you will have to pay to use them. Normally you enter the tollgate and collect a ticket then when you meet the next tollgate you will pay. You can pay by card or cash so make sure you look at the top and check which lanes are cash and which ones are card so you get in the correct lane. Take care when leaving the tollgates as it is like a scene from the formula one. Everyone speeds out of their gate to go from 10+ lanes down to the 3 lane motorway.
If you are looking for more information on driving in France, then the AA has a comprehensive guide to driving in France. Have you ever driven in France before? If so, do you have any tips that you would like the share with everyone?