Driving in France
Driving in France can be quite a daunting thought but believe us when we tell you it’s not actually that much different than driving in the UK.
There are however many minor differences to bear in mind when driving in another country. These include such things as a difference in driving habits, rules and regulations and of course laws.
You must therefore be aware of these differences to ensure you have both a safe and enjoyable journey.
The MOST important thing that you need to be aware of, take note of and get used to is that the French drive on the righthand side of the road.
Although this can be quite daunting and also feel quite unusual at first, it won’t take long for you to feel like you’ve been driving on the right for ever. It is possible to get drive right stickers to put on your dashboard. These are handy little reminders just in case you become a little forgetful on holiday.
One of the strangest and most misunderstood things about driving in France is the give way rule. Now we’ll cover this in more detail later on but to give you an idea of what it entails. When you drive in France to ensure you don’t end up in an accident, try and make sure you give way to the right! Now on some roads, junctions you’ll have priority but we recommend you still take care. There are many roads and junctions where priority isn’t marked and you could find yourself in a spot of bother if you don’t take care.
We have holidayed and driven in France many times over the years and have been lucky enough to avoid any serious situations however this doesn’t mean that we are not prepared for the worst.
At DrivinginFrance.co.uk we aim to provide you with a variety of information to help you on your travels. We always try to keep our website as up to date as possible but please don’t take everything we say for granted as rules and regulations do change from time to time.
Some of the information we’ll cover on our various pages and blogs will include details on the various French Laws and driving regulations. We’ll also give you some insight into the different types of French roads and road signs you may come across during your travels along with the different toll roads and speed limits. Finally well give you some useful information on what you’ll need to do if your vehicle happens to breakdown whilst you are in France or are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident.
Set within French driving regulations and laws are a whole host of different types of documentation and equipment that you’ll need to take with you when drive in France. Luckily for you we’ll provide you with a handy checklist of things you’ll need to make sure you have with you on your travels.
Some of the documentation and essential items you’ll need include items such as your insurance documents, high visibility jackets and headlight adaptors/convertors.
French Driving Laws and Regulations
As in the UK, the French Police are very hot on those breaking road traffic laws but unlike the UK, in France you are often required to pay the fine on the spot. Unfortunately for those breaking the law deliberately or accidentally, French traffic fines can be somewhat heftier than the UK equivalent meaning that for something simple you could end up paying out a fair amount of your holiday spending money.
Just to give you an example, driving in the UK or France with a satellite navigation device is fine, however did you know that having the speed camera detector part of the sat nav turned on could lead to a fine in France. That’s right, simply forgetting to turn this off when driving in France could mean you get a fine of up to €1500. Not only that but the police can also seize the device which means you could lose you sat nav. Worse still if it’s a fixed device in your vehicle, they also have the power to seize you vehicle!
These are some of the things we’ll cover later on so please make sure you take a look though our website and ensure you not only stay safe but also don’t fall foul of the law when driving in France!
Finally we also feature our driving in France shop in which you can find a variety of items you may find useful.