Driving In France, Driving Laws In France and Safety Requirements
  • Seatbelt use is required in France.  

On the highway, keep to the right except to pass, Speed limits for clear days and lower limits for rainy days, and reduced speed for exits make France's highways familiar to the North American driver.  

  • Lights on in low visibility                 
Gassing your vehicle is similar to the procedure in the US including the self service feature, automatic shut off pumps, and the use of the credit card. Diesel is common in France and called Gazole.

  • All cell phone use is prohibited while driving  including those with headsets.
Radar detectors are prohibited. Possession ore use is subject to a fine.
Highway Travel in France
Highway driving is very similar to travel in the US, Canada, and Mexico  with toll roads marked "Peage", meaning you pay as you go. Rest stops will have gas and diesel some with information booths  (The big i )  Yield on entering the highway as the triangular sign indicates.  The speed limits here are 130 KM per hour for a clear day and 110 KM for a rainy condition.
You will not find convenience store on every corner or strip malls at every crossroads so stocking up with water, food, a thermos of coffee, and gas before taking a trip can save you money and time.
Pay as you go toll roads speed traffic between cities and ofter parallel an older free road.
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A diesel vehicle will be less expensive to run. When gassing.   Note that fuel will be less expensive at the local filling station  or Market in the small town or village than on the highway.  Diesel is called diesel or Gazole in France.
In France, traffic entering a rotary from the right had the right of way for years.  This law has changed but the habit lingers. Signs often denote right of way.
Use caution in the rotary and on country roads when there is traffic entering from your right

When entering a town slow to 50 km
Vehicle in the rotary has the right of way
Driving in France requires familiarization with the driving laws of France and requirements for safety equipment.  If  you are renting a car in France check the driving laws and the driving  rules of France.  Ask the rental agent about required safety equipment, Colored reflective vest and warning triangle, child car seat if you are traveling with children.
  • Reflective Triangle
The vehicle should have a reflective warning triangle and a reflective jacket on board in case of breakdown or flat tire
Children under ten should not ride in the front seat.  Small children should have a car seat.  Seat belt use in all seats is mandatory.
Car seats are available from the  rental agency.
Baby carriages are also available to rent at the car rental agency.

The vehicle should have a
reflective warning triangle in case of flat tire or breakdown.  
The vehicle must have a
reflective jacket on board in case of breakdown.

In snow areas the vehicle should be equipped with snow tires or chains.
The International driving Permit is not required in France.
Driving In France requires a review of the Driving Laws and safety Requirements and safety equipment on board.  
Children under ten should not ride in the front seat. Small children should have a car seat. Seat belt use in all seats is mandatory.
Driving In France, gas stop highway rest area.
Return the rental car with an empty tank?  See Policy details
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
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