Driving In France, International Traffic Symbols

Highway Travel
Highway driving is very similar to travel in the US with toll roads marked "Peage", meaning you pay as you go.
Traffic Laws, International Traffic Symbols
France highway driving is very similar to travel in the US  or Canada.  The notable difference will be International Highway symbols used on the high speed toll roads, and rest areas/gas stops
In France the Traffic Laws, International Traffic Symbols, and  Renting of an automobile varies little from those in the US or Canada
No Passing for commercial vehicles
No Passing zone ends
Highway or Expressway
Intersection with right of way to right
Priority road
right of way
with yield to traffic
in rotary
Speed limit in KM per hour 130 when clear, 110 when raining
The big i
indicates an
information booth

Maps with the
driving symbols

used in France
should be
at the
info stop
Do You need an International Driving Permit to Drive in Europe.
In France you do not need the IDP.   In Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license from your home country and perhaps your passport.  Italian law requires that you carry an IDP as does Spain, Portugal, Greece, and several of the former Soviet Union countries. The International driver's permit is issued by the American Automobile Association AAA in the States and the CAA in Canada. The cost is $15 and not a bad bit of insurance against running into trouble while driving in Europe.
The white circle bordered by red and the red slash is the International Symbol prohibiting an action, in this case a left turn off the highway
Highway speed Limit, reduced in rain and fog from the usual 130 KM per hour for clear day speeds on Franc's toll roads.
Warning ahead triangle, Europe
the No Stopping Symbol
the Dead End Symbol
The International Traffic Symbols in France and most of Europe use the graphic image rather than language as found in the USA.  Most symbols can be understood at a glance without fluency in the language.
Save::   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.
Right of Way:
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.
In Priority Right  (Priorite a droite) the vehicle entering from the right once had the right of way.  In small towns and in the center of big cities,  the new law has not fully caught on.  
Vehicle in the rotary has the right of way
The symbol at left tells you that you have the right of way   Traffic entering the road must stop and give way to your progress.  The symbol on the top right indicates that you are on the main road and have the right of way.  You will see this symbol in a village or small town.  
Use caution in the rotary and on country roads when there is traffic entering from your right.  Not all drivers in France observe the new right of way rules
the black bar through the triangle indicates that right of way for vehicles on the main road has ended and they must give way to vehicles entering from the right
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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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