Are You Going to Drive Your Car in France?

If you live in UK and planning to drive in France then you must certainly read this write-up as it can be totally a different experience for you to drive in that country. The following tips can be handy for you.

Few rules and regulations

Following are few useful rules that you must know while driving in France.

  • Usually, you will be driving on the right side of the road and you can allow over takers to pass through your left. However, if you are moving in any designated lanes for traffic then you can overtake from right too in slow moving traffic. In case, you are driving on hilly terrain then traffic moving uphill must be allowed to proceed first by the traffic moving downhill.
  • If you are driving in the intersection in France then always give priority to traffic that is approaching from right. Only if the road sign is allowing you to move then you can.
  • Always allow an emergency service or police vehicle to pass before you.
  • Only if there is any imminent danger you must blow horn. If you are moving during dark hours then use flash lights instead of horn.
  • You can drive after drinking alcohol. However, limit must be within 50 mg in 100ml of blood. Police may check at any point and you have to allow them.
  • Onboard satellite navigation is not allowed in France
  • You can only use official breakdown service whom you can contact through orange emergency service.
  • It is illegal to travel inside any moving caravan in France. Any child below the age of 10 should use child restraint depending upon the weight.

Documents to carry

While driving in France you must carry following documents compulsorily

  • ID proof which can be your passport if you are foreigner
  • Your car insurance certificates
  • Vehicle ownership paper or hire certificate whichever is applicable
  • You must be above 18 years for driving and must have a valid driving license.

Also, in order to drive in France, you need to use GB sticker on your vehicle and as per law following equipment must be with you in the car.

  • Breath analyser kit
  • Headlamp adjuster
  • High-visibility reflective jacket
  • Red warning triangle

What are the speed limits?

While driving you need to abide the following speed limits during different occasions.

  • If you are driving in urban areas then maximum speed allowed is 50 km/hour
  • In highways the maximum limit allowed is 130 km/hour in the rural areas and during rainy season limit within 110 km/hour.
  • If you are driving in 4 lane expressways then maximum speed allowed is 110 km/hour, however during rainy weather it is reduced to 100km/hour.
  • If you are driving in rural areas in 2 and 3 lane road then you cannot drive beyond the speed of 90 km/hour during dry weather and 80km/hour in rainy weather.
  • If you are driving in the Ring road of Paris then the speed limit is 80 km/hour

Few more tips:

  • The cost of petrol is same as UK however diesel is 15% cheaper
  • There is no safe braking distance and hence be careful
  • Avoid using mobile phone while driving