de Reve" Le Bourg, Notre Dame de Touchet, 55140 FRANCE
Remember, they drive on the right (wrong) side of the road.
Before you travel, make sure you have the following:
Full UK driving licence
Valid insurance certificate (Green card)
Spare set of bulbs & fuses
First aid kit
Florescent Vest (one for each passenger)
Always carry Documentation such as your driving licence, vehicle registration
document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance.
Speed limits shown below, are implemented rigorously. Radar traps
are frequent, anyone caught travelling at more than 25 km/h above
the speed limit in France can have their licence confiscated on
the spot. Remember, speeding and other traffic offences are subject
to on-the-spot fines. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the
officer collecting the fine.
In Town - 50km/h (31mph)
Other Roads - 90 km/h (56mph)
Dual Carriageways - 110km/h (69mph)
Motorways - 130km/h (81mph)
N.B. When visibility is below 50m, speed limit is 50km/h everywhere.
When it is raining or bad weather the speeds in town, Main roads
and Dual carriageway reduce by 10 km/h and on the motorways reduce
Don't do it. Over 0.05 per cent and you could face anything up to
imprisonment. France has strict drink driving laws, blood alcohol
levels being stricter than in the UK. Rather than present you with
meaningless figures relating to blood/breath alcohol levels, our advice
is if you're driving, don't drink.
Children under 10 years of age must be seated in the rear and seat-belted
in an approved child seat (booster for non-babies). However, a very
young child in an approved rear-facing safety seat can be in front.
Take care in built-up areas where the old rule giving priority to
traffic coming from the right (Priorité ŕ droite) still applies unless
a yellow diamond indicates you have priority.
On roundabouts you generally give priority to traffic already on the
roundabout, in other words, coming from your left as you enter the
and Debit Cards
Cards are widely accepted, although they probably won't work at automatic
pumps, which are often the only pumps in rural areas open out-of-hours,
which also means lunch-time from noon to 3pm.
It's a good idea to let your card issuer know you will be travelling
abroad. This ensures they don't suspend your card if they spot it
being used in unfamiliar places, which they sometimes do as an anti-fraud
Parking and resting zones are situated every 10 to 20km, with 24-hour
petrol stations found approximately every 40km. If you do breakdown,
pull up on the right hand lay-by. Make sure you illuminate your hazard
warning lights and place a red warning triangle 30m behind your vehicle.
Free emergency telephones are situated every 2km on all motorways.
If you do break down and don't want to leave your vehicle, await a
road patrols on all sections of the motorway. Flashing headlights
on a motorway means I'm coming through; it's best just to quietly
move over and don't let your ego get the better of you. Lights flashing
on a country road may mean there's a police check ahead.. It's illegal
to give these warnings!
The French word Gendarme means literally 'armed men', they're tough,
they're rough and they're generally disliked. In France, 3 times as
many deaths occur on the roads than Britain for the same population,
so it's no-wonder French police have an appalling attitude to towards
If you break the rules you can expect to be fined around €30 to over
€3,000 for serious speeding offences or more for drunken or reckless
driving. Non-residents must pay in cash on the spot & residents have
30 days to pay up.
Mobile phones set-up for roaming receive a good French network signal
in the area. If your mobile is unblocked for using any network then
you can purchase a French SIM card from most supermarkets / electrical
Britain from France
Telephoning Britain 0044 + std code less the first zero + number
so 0207 123 4567 becomes 00 44 207 123 4567
Telephone Numbers in France
15 Ambulance (SAMU = Service D'Aide Medicale Urgent)
17 Police (Gendarmes)
18 Fire service (Pompiers)
112 Universal Switchboard .. All three services (like 999 in U.K.)
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