Driving in France

5 Brilliant short breaks in France

Written by on April 3, 2014 in Driving in France, Holiday Travel
5 Brilliant short breaks in France

A sneaky, cheeky break in the sunshine in France can really perk you up. Hop on a plane in the UK, hop off in France, pick up a hire car and enjoy a few days of fantastic French food and wine, sight-seeing and culture. Here, we recommend five brilliant short breaks in France for that […]

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The joys of driving in France for the first time

Written by on March 11, 2014 in Driving in France
The joys of driving in France for the first time

Gill Baconnier from the UK has lived in Grenoble, France for more than twenty years and ponders the joys of driving in France for an expat who is used to driving on the right side of the road! Watching the French drive can be traumatic so joining in could be seen as foolhardy. Fortunately, I […]

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Drive Ski Holiday France from the UK

Written by on November 25, 2013 in Driving in France
Drive Ski Holiday France from the UK

Drive ski holiday France: French ski holiday enthusiast Penny Walker shares her top tips and steers you in the right direction for driving from the UK to your ski holiday destination in France… If you are planning a ski holiday to the Alps this winter, you may choose to fly, take the train or drive […]

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Driving in France Tips

Written by on October 9, 2013 in Driving in France
Driving in France Tips

Driving in France is generally a pleasure. Away from the towns and cities, roads are not constantly clogged up by traffic jams and they are usually in good order. You can almost always avoid going through the more built up areas by using ring roads and tolls roads and there is generally less traffic than […]

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New Style Driving Licence France

Written by on September 17, 2013 in Rules and Regulations
New Style Driving Licence France

From 16 September 2013 France started to issue a new format driving license. The famous pink paper style licences will be phased out and a new credit card model will instead be circulated. Designed to be more secure and to fight the high level of forgeries of the old style certificate, the new driving licence […]

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Speed limits in France

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Speed limits in France

Make sure you know the speed limits in France, you can be fined or have your vehicle confiscated for breaking the rules. What is the speed limit in France: The normal speed limit on French motorways is 130 km/hr (just over 80 mph) – or 110 km/hr in rain – 50 km per hour in […]

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Driving in France checklist

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Driving in France checklist

Foreigners driving in France – whether its their own car or a hire car from France need to know the rules of what documentation and items to carry in the car that are mandatory. Not having the correct documentation or items in the car can mean you are subject to fines if stopped by the […]

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Priorité à Droite (priority to the right) in France

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Priorité à Droite (priority to the right) in France

This famous feature of French driving protocol is still causing confusion today even though it isn’t as common as it was.  Basically when you are driving in France, look out for a sign with a black cross in a white triangle with a red outline – traffic from the right entering into your road doesn’t […]

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Fuel in France

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Driving in France with 0 Comments
Fuel in France

  As in most countries, fuel prices in motorway service areas tend to be more expensive than in your average supermarket or normal fuel garage. Many supermarkets have fuel pumps on site, manned at certain times during the day – these times will differ from supermarket to supermarket and area to area, often closing for […]

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Motorways and Toll Roads in France

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Motorways and Toll Roads in France

  French motorways (autoroutes) are defined by numbers preceded by the letter A (for Autoroute).   There are a few free motorways in France, and some long-distance dual carriageways are up to motorway standard.  It is actually possible to drive right through France avoiding all tolls – though this is not always the best nor the […]

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