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Your journey to France
Getting your travel arrangements sorted is a big and exciting part of any holiday. Whether you choose to hop on the ferry, to fly and hire a car, or even take the Eurotunnel, get your family holiday to France started with the best travel option for your family.
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- Flight finder and car hire
- Ferry options, discounts and the Eurotunnel
- Eurostar & trains
- Route planner
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Useful information and tips for driving in France
Your holiday journey may well be the longest car ride of the year, so it’s good to know a bit about driving rules in France and it never hurts to get familiar with some of the French road signs.
Speed limits for cars
Motorways 80mph in dry weather or 68mph when wet, but on stretches of main road 55mph, and 49mph on the Paris ring road. Dual carriageways 68mph. Outside built-up areas 55mph. Towns and cities 31mph. Lower speed limits of 50mph outside built-up areas.
68mph on motorways apply in wet weather and to visiting motorists who have held a full driving licence for less than two years. In fog, 31mph when visibility is reduced to 55yards.
To join a motorway follow the signs with the international motorway symbol or signs with 'par Autoroute'. Signs with 'péage' or 'par péage' lead to toll roads. Emergency telephones, which connect the caller to the police, are sited every 1.25 miles. Most motorways charge tolls, except for certain sections near large towns and cities.
The use of a warning triangle or hazard warning lights is compulsory in the event of a breakdown or accident. It is also compulsory that you have a visibility vest available (normally flourescent yellow) for each occupant in the vehicle. The vests should be stored in the vehicle, so if you do breakdown, you can put them on before getting out.
Fire: tel. 18. Police: tel.17. Ambulance: tel. 15. Alternatively dial the European emergency call number 112 and request the service you require. If you are involved in an accident, you must complete a constat à l'amiable before the vehicle is moved. This represents the European Accident Statement Form and must be signed by the other party involved in the accident.
A valid UK driving licence is acceptable in France. The minimum age for a driver is 18.
Other useful information
In hours of darkness/dusk you must drive on headlights; driving on sidelights only is not permitted. In fog, mist or poor visibility during the day, you must drive on either two fog lamps, or dipped headlights. Failure to comply with these regulations will lead to an on-the-spot fine. In towns and cities, you must give way to traffic coming from the right - "priorité à droite", unless otherwise indicated. However, at roundabouts with signs bearing the words "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" or "Cédez le passage", traffic on the roundabout has priority. Where no such sign exists, traffic entering the roundabout has priority. Outside built-up areas all main roads of any importance have right of way. This is indicated by a red bordered triangle showing a pointed black upward arrow with horizontal bar on a white background; or a yellow diamond within a white diamond, which is most commonly used.
Understanding road signs in France
- ACCOTEMENT NON STABILISE - Soft verge
- ALLUMEZ VOS PHARES - Switch on lights
- CEDEZ LE PASSAGE - Give way
- CHAUSSEE DEFORMEE - Uneven road surface
- CHANTIER - Road works
- FIN D'INTERDICTION DE STATIONNEMENT - End of parking restriction
- ITINERAIRE BIS - Alternative route
- PEAGE - Toll
- POIDS LOURDS - Heavy vehicle route
- PRIORITE A DROITE/GAUCHE - Priority to right/left
- RAPPEL - Warning! (This literally means 'reminder', i.e. continue with the instruction given on the previous sign.)
- ROUTE BARRE - Road closed
- DOS D'ANE - Humpback
- SENS INTERDIT - No entry
- SENS UNIQUE - One way
- SERREZ A DROITE/GAUCHE - Keep right/left
- STATIONNEMENT INTERDIT - No parking
- TOUTES DIRECTIONS - All directions
- TRAVAUX - Road works
- VIRAGES - Bends
- CHEMIN SANS ISSUE - No through road