Driving France, Car Hire France, Renting In France  
Driving in France:
  • Speed Limits
Speed limits in Europe are by KPH: Kilometers per hour and are clearly marked along most roads in France, often with flashing lights.          
  • Speed Bumps
Berms,or speed bumps are used to slow traffic but are not too large and  in limited numbers. They are  marked by a tent like symbol that will look like the symbol for a campsite.
Speed limits are clearly posted as above; this is 80.77 mph when clear, 68.35 in the rain  130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day 110 in the rain,
speed limits through villages will be greatly reduced and enforced
  • Car Rental, Luggage Space
When shopping for a rental car, you should consider your need for luggage space when determining size of the vehicle. Some agencies suggest the number of bags that each model can carry,  A separate trunk offers better security.

  • Shop on line well ahead of your trip.
Another important consideration will be your ability to drive a standard shift vehicle.  You will find Highway driving is just like highway travel in the US with toll tickets, rest areas, food and gas stops all being very similar but hill villages will require skill with the clutch in standard shift vehicles.
Familiarity with the
International  Driving Symbols would help. A map legend will have explanations of  the various  symbols and road sign logos.
Car Rental,  Luggage Space, Standard Shift, International Traffic Symbols
Driving in France and rental car considerations will be luggage space, safety equipment, diesel or gas,  standard shift or automatic, AC, GPS and telephone.
Shop for auto rental best prices on the web.
Compare airport auto rentals and city or train station rentals.
In France the Car Rental, the vehicles, and the Traffic Laws,  vary little from the US or Canada.
International Traffic Symbols are graphic rather than language based as in the US
An exit sign will show the route number of the feeder road with the towns listed.  
speed limit is listed on a white sign with a red circle: 90 KM per hour or about 56 miles per
Car Rental can be booked on  line through Auto Europe.  They broker the best deal with agencies located in all major cities and at TGV train stations in the smaller cities like Avignon
Standard shift rental will be the least expensive but require skill with the clutch in the hillside villages.
Driving in France is done on the right side and is  similar to the USA, Canada, and Mexico
Driving to Provence: Rental cars are available at CDG Airport and high speed toll roads will speed you to Provence.  A one day trip is possible but a two day trip will allow sightseeing on the way,
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A diesel vehicle will be less expensive to run.
  • Buying Fuel
When gassing, note that fuel will be less expensive at the local filling station  or local market in the small town or village than on the highway.  
Diesel is called
diesel or Gazole in France.
Auto rental in France will be similar to the US with  considerations for luggage space, standard shift or automatic, AC, GPS and telephone options.
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offers selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.
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.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France and Italy
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Auto rental in France will be similar to the US with  considerations for luggage space, standard shift or automatic, AC, GPS and telephone options.  Highway gas stops are similar to stops in the US.
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