Do You Know Your Driving Law in France?

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Driving Law in France

Each year a large percentage of Brits hire a car or take their own mini van over to Europe. First port of call is generally France as the ferry journey from Dover to Calais is less than 2 hours. This crossing is the most popular as drivers can then carry on their journey through France with ease.

The AA website has a route planner which will help you find your location within UK, Ireland or Europe. They also provide breakdown cover for drivers who are taking their own cars over to Europe in the event of an accident or breakdown.

Here are a few journey times within France which can help you plan your holiday trip.

Calais to Brest is 715 KM and is 7 hours travel time.

Calais to Nantes is 600 KM and is 6 hours travel time.

Calais to La Rochelle is 700 KM and is 7 hours travel time.

Calais to Paris is 290 KM and is 3 hours travel time.

Calais to Nice is 1250 KM and is 11 hours travel time.

Drivers are allowed to take rental cars over to Europe. Let the branch know in advance of your pick up of this arrangement. This will save you a lot of time when collecting your car from the branch due to the amount of paper work involved.

The Euro Cover is an essential part of your holiday trip cover. There is a charge for this service which the rental firm will keep you apprised of and is normally added to your rental costs which is payable at the end of your holiday.

When hiring a car and driving in Europe. First of all let the rental company know which countries you plan to travel in as some of them may not be covered in the insurance policy.

When driving in France for instance. There are a few quirky things to remember that need to be in your car when driving.

1. Breathalysers

2. Reflective Jackets

3. Switch off alerts for speed camera

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1. Breathalysers.
There has been changes to the law recently regarding breathalysers. Drivers are still required

to have a breathalyser which is self tested in the car when driving. since 2012 there has been a number of changes to the law in France.

At one point a fine of eleven Euros would have been given if drivers did not carry the tests in the car.

This fine has since been indefinitely postponed. Although it is still advisable to carry a self testing kit in the car.

2.Reflective Jackets

Again similar to the breathalyser . The law which governed about the reflective jacket has changed a couple of times over the past few years.

Since Jan 2013, the law now says that the compulsory use of wearing the reflective jackets for cars and motorcyclists is no longer in use and has changed.

The French Government now say that the clothing must been worn from the waist up to the neck with a minimum reflective part of 150cm squared.

3. Speed Cameras in France

The French Government have asked that since Jan 2012 the new law came into force which stops drivers from using any device which shows up speed cameras .

This includes : sat navs, phones, GPS , etc . Any device which shows a speed camera or speeding hot spot as a place of interest on the gadget is illegal.

At present this law does not include maps which show the hot spots but this is a grey area and best not to use.

The Government are changing over the signs which warn drivers ahead of the camera to unsigned speed cameras.

Drivers must ask manufacturers how to disable the apps on their phones while driving through out the French roads.

A point to note that the UK motorists can now use the toll lanes which had been previously reserved for French travellers by going
to the telepage tag page for more information.

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