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
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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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