Driving in France
Driving in France can be quite a daunting thought but it’s not actually that much different than driving in the UK.
There are however many minor differences to bear in mind when driving abroad. These include such things as a difference in driving habits, rules and regulations and of course laws.
That’s where we are here to help. We give you all the essential information you’ll need to survive your trip to France.
Whether you are planning your yearly family camping holiday in France, a short break in Paris or are touring the country on in your caravan or motorhome we are here to help.
The MOST important thing that you need to know is that the French drive on the righthand side of the road.
Although this can be quite daunting 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 which helps to remind you 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. Basically, there are lots of places where you must give way to the right. Further details can be found in the essential information section.
We have holidayed and driven in France many times over the years. Although we’ve always been lucky and avoided any serious situations we are always prepared for the worst.
Our main aim is 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 Autoroute toll roads and speed limits.
Finally, we’ll 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 you’re driving in France. Luckily for you, we provide you with a handy checklist of things you’ll need to make sure you have with you on your travels.
Some of the essential items you’ll need include, your insurance documents, high visibility jackets and headlight adaptors.
French Driving Laws and Regulations
As in the UK, the French Police are very hot on those breaking road traffic laws. Unlike the UK however 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. This means that for something simple you could end up paying a fair amount of your holiday spending money.
For example, driving in the UK or France with a satellite navigation device is fine, however having the speed camera detector part of the sat nav turned on could lead to a fine in France.
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 your vehicle.
Finally we also feature our driving in France shop in which you can find a variety of items you may find useful.