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Driving Tips (some of this information supplied by Holiday
Built-up-areas: 31mph/50kmh outside towns: 56mph/90kmh priority
roads and toll-free motorways: 68mph/110kmh toll motorways:
are more and more speed cameras in France (useful web site
controleradar.org/) They usually have a warning sign a
few metres or so before you see the camera and it is often
set on a dual carriageway in the central reservation to capture
traffic on both sides of the road. They are much nearer to
ground level than those found in Britain and Ireland. They
are often located on motorways on more dangerous sections
particularly when the speed limit is reduced to 110 kmh. Remember
if you are driving a hire car your fine will be passed onto
you by the car rental company.
and driving: Blood alcohol limit is 50mg - barely 1 unit
of alcohol. (0.5 grams of alcolol per litre of blood) In the
UK it is 0.8.
on major roads has priority. Where two major roads cross,
traffic coming from the right has priority as warned by the
sign 'danger priorité à droite'. Where there is no sign, give
way to the right.
on a roundabout has priority and signs saying 'cedez le passage'
or 'vous n'avez pas la prioritè'. In some areas the old rule
of traffic entering roundabouts having priority applies so
be cautious where there are no signs
a driver flashes his headlights in France, he is generally
indicating that he has priority and you should give way. This
can be confusing as in the UK it usually indicates that a
car is usually indicates that a car is letting you out.
for someone waiting at a zebra crossing is a fineable offence
for holding up traffic. The crossings indicate where is best
not overtake a tram when it is stationary with passengers
alighting or boarding.
lights don't show amber after red. Flashing amber means continue
is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat
belts if fitted.
hazard warning lights or a warning triangle is compulsory.
It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with replacement
bulbs. From July 2008 A reflective vest is also
complusory (like in Italy, Belgium and Spain - In Spain you
must carry reflective vests for all occupants).
valid driving licence - If it is issued in the UK and the
driver has passed his / her driving test at 17, you cannot
drive a car in France till you are 18. The minimum age for
car rental is 21.
is registerd in the UK, you are not obliged to show
an international insurance certificate or green card, however
proof of insurance may be needed so take your insurance certificate
showing fully comprehensive insurance.
Registration Documentation: Take your vehicle registration
document with you, but don't leave it in the car (in case
the car is stolen). If the car does not belong to you you
should have a letter of authority from the registered owner
and a copy of the registration document.
Lights: Traffic light sequences are like those in Ireland,
Spain, Belgium, Italy and many other European countries. They
are unlike the UK in so much as when the light has gone red,
instead of going to amber, they go straight to green. However
they go from green to amber to red to stop traffic. You will
often find that at night or at other quieter times some traffic
lights flash amber from every direction. This means that no
one has a right of way, but all drivers must proceed with
Belts: It is complulsory to wear seat belts in front and
rear and children under ten years old are not allowed to travel
in the front seat (unless there are no seats in the rear).
In the rear they must use a proper restraint system - bolster
cushion. If you are driving with a dog, it is advisable to
harness the dog in using a special dog harness. A dog like
a human that is not secure in the back can cause serious injury(or
death) to the front seat people if it is not secured by a
Triangles - First Aid Kits - Fire Extinguishers - Headlight
convertors: These should always be carried - many manufacturers
issue them as standard. In the event of a breakdown this should
be displayed as well as hazard warning lights. It is recommended
that a first aid kit be carried - again many manufacturers
issue them as standard and a fire extinguisher. If you are
driving a right hand drive car, you should put convertors
on to stop dazzling oncoming drivers.
cyclists: Motorcycles over 125cc must use dipped headlights
during the day. A crash helmet is compulsory for driver and
- Autoroutes: The motoway network in France is excellent.
The majority of the country is covered by pay autoroutes and
in most places they accept credit / debit card payments at
the pay points (Tolls) Péage. In many city areas the autoroute
will be free in the zone around the city (not in Nice for
example) and you will stop at a Péage to collect a ticket
and stop at another at then of that section's toll road to
pay. Most autoroutes are very well served by fuel stations,
some with hotels. Approximately every 15 kilometres you will
find an Aires - This is rest area with parking, tables and
chairs for picnics and toilets, but no fuel. There are normally
emergency telephones on the autoroute network every 2 km.
These are orange and marked SOS.
is illegal to drive on a French motorway at less than 80km/h
(approx 50 mph) in the fast lane.
Petrol - Essence | Unleaded - Sans Plomb (Green on pump
handle)| Diesel - Gazole (Black on pump handle)| LPG - Gepel/GPL|
Please note that most larger petrol stations will accept credit
cards, however many of the automated ones will only6 accept
a French one.
offences between Italy and France - Riviera
Radio Daily News reported on the
8th January 2016 that a new measure has been introduced
concerning road offences in France and Italy. Both countries
will work together and as of the 1st of January all French
motorists who commit a driving offence in Italy will receive
a fine by post at their French address. The same will apply
to any Italian motorists fined in France.
Drive laws in Italy Update.
Italy Magazine's March 2009 edition reports that the new Codice
della Strada (The Highway Code) has stated that if you drink
more than three glasses of wine or more than one brandy you
will not pass Police alcohol tests. Apart from having the
driving license suspended up to a year, the vehicle can also
be confiscated and sold by the state. Take
great care if you take the car you rent in the South of France
into Italy for the day.
Identifying car hire cars in France HERE
Summer Sale from Holiday Autos Car Hire - June 2012
Sale discounts at Holiday Autos - February 2012
award winning start to 2012 for Holiday Autos - February 2012
Autos is keen to help regulator stamp out some of the malpractices
which occur within the car hire industry - April 2011
from Car hire Rental companies
a recent visit to France the car hire company had included
a very useful "Warning for renters" in French and English.
you are hiring a car these days it is well worth considering
the following advice on vehicle security:
returning the car you should hand the car keys to a uniformed
member of staff at the rental desk. DO NOT leave the keys
in the car. DO NOT give the keys to anyone, particularly
in the return car parking area. If you do not follow this
return procedure you may be liable for the full value
of the vehicle if it is stolen.
When you leave the car unattended (for example at a petrol
filling station) always take the keys with you and lock
a precaution, when driving in some city areas, it is suggested
you keep the doors locked and the windows closed.
Do not leave personal belongings on display in the car.
When parking, if possible leave the car in a secure, well
lit parking area
to Alamo, National and Citer car rental for this information
- July 2009
Renting a van in the UK/Europe and
looking for van hire excess insurance from insuremyvan.com?
in France and Monaco
faces at Holiday Autos as it improves it's marketing team
- December 2011
your perfect winter escape with holiday autos - November 2011
links with Holiday Autos for new partnership - July 2011
much luggage causes Holiday disputes says Holiday Autos -
Autos New Look Website - March 2010
insurance for car hire - Blog February 2010
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