6 Tips For Driving In France
At some point this summer, you may find yourself driving through France.
I know. Scary, isn’t it?
But don’t worry. Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive have sent their best man to impart wise nuggets of advice for all those who would traverse “The Big Hexagon”.
His name’s Simon Elstow, and what he doesn’t know about driving is nothing.
Here are his 6 tips for driving in France:
1. From 1 July, all drivers and motorcyclists (excluding mopeds) need to carry a breathalyser kit, with two disposable breathalysers. The breathalyser must meet the NF standards (similar to the BSI here in the UK) and carry an NF certification.
2. Even levels of alcohol within the drink drive limit impair driving, due to increased sleepiness. If you’re going to drink, don’t drive, and remember the alcohol limit is lower in France – 50mg compared to 80mg per 100ml of blood.
3. You are also required to carry a warning triangle, reflective jacket and spare light bulbs.
4. Drive on the right-hand side of the road. If you have two drivers, agree to remind each other when you swap and when continuing the journey after a break.
5. At complex junctions (especially left turns) look for the international circular sign with a white arrow on a blue background that shows you which way to pass the traffic island.
6. A child sitting in the front passenger seat must be at least 10 years old (or a baby up to 9 months in a rear-facing child seat).
Simon says: “The school holidays are fast approaching, and many people will be driving on the continent this summer.
“Driving abroad can be very different to driving at home, but preparation as always is key. Make sure your car is fit for the journey, plan your route in advance including fuel stops, and perhaps most importantly remember your breathalysers.”
Merci beaucoup, et bon chance!