Guide to Driving Vehicles in France

Driving in France is nothing to worry about if you know what to do. Reading their handy guide and knowing the rules and regulations of French roads keep you prepared for any of the driving obstacles, which you may face. Being able to drive around in France when visiting the stunning locations, delicious food, through great driving roads, gives the tourist that much needed flexibility when on holiday. Just be prepared with everything that you are required to carry along and follow in your driving expedition.

Documents Required

  1. A valid UK driver’s license is acceptable to drive in all the EU countries including France.
  2. Carry proof of insurance, a passport or some national identification and ownership (V5C) to convince the French authorities.
  3. It is also recommended to carry a motor insurance green card and an international driving Permit.

What to Carry While Driving In France?

Driving in France will entail you having to follow the French law of carrying warning triangles, an NF breathalyzer that is French government certified, or an alcohol detection test kit, and high-vis jackets for all passengers and the driver. Also, ensure it is easily accessible. Earlier, it was essential to carry an alcohol testing device in your car; later it was revoked in 2013. Yet, it is best to carry a breathalyzer so that you are not fined unnecessarily. Ensure the reflective jackets are within reach of the passengers.

Alcohol Limit In France For Driving

Testing using the breathalyzer allows you to stay within the blood alcohol level of 0.95% in France and 0.02 for drivers having less than three years’ experience.

French Autoroute Tolls And Petrol Prices

The motorway is expensive to travel. Besides, French fuel prices are very steep. The toll stations also charge a hefty fee. It is usually marketed as ‘Peage’ indicating a toll plaza in French. The toll charges can be paid using a Visa card or Mastercard.

The Road Sign Colours

Ensure that you are familiar with French road signs but for a few exceptions.  In case you are making your way across the country, there is a need to adhere to the main road signs. In France:

  • Green represents the main road
  • Blue represents the Autoroute network

Top Tips: Driving in France

In France, driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Keep a close watch of the wet and dry speed limits. The speed limit on the French motorways is 130km/h and 110km/h when wet. On highways, there are two-speed limits for dual-carriageways and other roads, and the lower of the two thresholds are expected to be adhered to in poor and wet driving conditions.

Speed limit changes can occur any time, and it is vital you keep a close tab of any changes and markings. On reaching cities, the speed limit is 50km/h. However, it is a must to pay careful attention to the driving speed as any driver from UK/EU found driving above the limit will get their license confiscated.

Complied Checklist for Driving in France

Things to carry with you when driving in France:

  • A valid and full license of the driver
  • V5C
  • Insurance proof
  • National ID/ Passport
  • Reflective jackets for all the passengers in the car
  • Two NF certified breathalyzers
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • Warning triangles
  • GB sticker, and
  • Do not carry speed camera detectors