Driving in France, Speed Limit
Speed Limits
Speed limits in Europe are in Kilometers per hour and are clearly marked along most roads in France, often
with flashing lights.          
Topes, berms,
speed bumps are not used to slow traffic on the highway but do exist on the back roads of
France but in limited numbers and they are not large. They are  marked by a tent like symbol that will at first fool
the US driver looking for a campsite.
Lights will slow traffic through the villages.
Speed Limit
here is 130
Kilometers per
hour on a
clear
day
110 in the
rain
.   This is
80.77 mph
when clear,
68.35 in the rain
  • speed limits
Trough small villages the speed will
be marked and possibly lit with

flashing
signs.
Speed limits on the
highway will be marked
by a
red circle on a
white board;
reduced
speed in the rain and on
exiting.
A quick rule of thumb to estimate
the conversion from Kilometers per
hour to miles per hour.:
Divide the total by 3 and add two
of the thirds.   Example 100 kph
divided by thirds is 33 KPH. Add
two and you get 66 Miles Per Hour
While not accurate for large
numbers, this quick in your head
figuring comes out to 66 Mph close
enough to the actual 62 MPH to be
within the
Traffic Laws
No Passing for
commercial
vehicles
No Passing
zone ends
Rotary
with yield to
traffic in
rotary
When Driving In France, 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..
These signs show the exit cities and the
Exit Speed limit .  These are the red
circle on a white board.  In this case
reduce speed to 90 kph while exiting
the highway.
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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.
Driving in France will include Speed Limits
Marked with International Traffic Symbols.  
Highway Speed Limits 130 Kilometers per hour
on a clear day 110 in the rain. This is 80.77 mph
when clear, 68.35 in rain. The red circle with
black numbers on white
Driving in France Highway Speed Limits
130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day
110 in the rain. This is 80.77 mph when
clear, 68.35 in rain.
Driving in France will include Speed Limits
Marked with International Traffic Symbols.  
The red circle with black numbers on white
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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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Driving in France once
required that you carry a
breathalyzer kti but thid law has been suspended.

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