Rental - France - Corsica and other destinations
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aware of the common pitfalls that you
forget to print off your car hire voucher and take it
with you to your destination.
you pick up the vehicle, check its condition with a
representative from the car hire company. Make sure
any damage is recorded and take photos of the vehicle
a photo of the fuel gauge to record how much fuel is
in the vehicle upon pick up and drop off in case any
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Driving Tips in France
Built-up-areas: 31mph/50kmh outside towns: 56mph/90kmh priority
roads and toll-free motorways: 68mph/110kmh toll motorways:
are more and more speed cameras in France (useful web site
controleradar.org/) They usually have a warning sign
a few metres or so before you see the camera and it is often
set on a dual carriageway in the central reservation to
capture traffic on both sides of the road. They are much
nearer to ground level than those found in Britain and Ireland.
They are often located on motorways on more dangerous sections
particularly when the speed limit is reduced to 110 kmh.
Remember if you are driving a hire car your fine will be
passed onto you by the car rental company.
and driving: Blood alcohol limit is 50mg - barely
1 unit of alcohol. (0.5 grams of alcolol per litre of blood)
In the UK it is 0.8.
on major roads has priority. Where two major roads cross,
traffic coming from the right has priority as warned by
the sign 'danger priorité à droite'. Where there is no sign,
give way to the right.
on a roundabout has priority and signs saying 'cedez le
passage' or 'vous n'avez pas la prioritè'. In some areas
the old rule of traffic entering roundabouts having priority
applies so be cautious where there are no signs
a driver flashes his headlights in France, he is generally
indicating that he has priority and you should give way.
This can be confusing as in the UK it usually indicates
that a car is usually indicates that a car is letting you
for someone waiting at a zebra crossing is a fineable offence
for holding up traffic. The crossings indicate where is
best to cross.
not overtake a tram when it is stationary with passengers
alighting or boarding.
lights don't show amber after red. Flashing amber means
continue with caution.
is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear
seat belts if fitted.
hazard warning lights or a warning triangle is compulsory.
It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with
replacement bulbs. From July 2008 A reflective
vest is also complusory (like in Italy, Belgium and
Spain - In Spain you must carry reflective vests for all
valid driving licence - If it is issued in the UK and the
driver has passed his / her driving test at 17, you cannot
drive a car in France till you are 18. The minimum age for
car rental is 21.
is registerd in the UK, you are not obliged to show
an international insurance certificate or green card, however
proof of insurance may be needed so take your insurance
certificate showing fully comprehensive insurance.
Registration Documentation: Take your vehicle
registration document with you, but don't leave it in the
car (in case the car is stolen). If the car does not belong
to you you should have a letter of authority from the registered
owner and a copy of the registration document.
Lights: Traffic light sequences are like those
in Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Italy and many other European
countries. They are unlike the UK in so much as when the
light has gone red, instead of going to amber, they go straight
to green. However they go from green to amber to red to
stop traffic. You will often find that at night or at other
quieter times some traffic lights flash amber from every
direction. This means that no one has a right of way, but
all drivers must proceed with caution
Belts: It is complulsory to wear seat belts in
front and rear and children under ten years old are not
allowed to travel in the front seat (unless there are no
seats in the rear). In the rear they must use a proper restraint
system - bolster cushion. If you are driving with a dog,
it is advisable to harness the dog in using a special dog
harness. A dog like a human that is not secure in the back
can cause serious injury(or death) to the front seat people
if it is not secured by a harness.
Triangles - First Aid Kits - Fire Extinguishers - Headlight
convertors: These should
always be carried - many manufacturers issue them as standard.
In the event of a breakdown this should be displayed as
well as hazard warning lights. It is recommended that a
first aid kit be carried - again many manufacturers issue
them as standard and a fire extinguisher. If you are driving
a right hand drive car, you should put convertors on to
stop dazzling oncoming drivers.
cyclists: Motorcycles over 125cc must use dipped
headlights during the day. A crash helmet is compulsory
for driver and passenger.
- Autoroutes: The motoway network in France is
excellent. The majority of the country is covered by pay
autoroutes and in most places they accept credit / debit
card payments at the pay points (Tolls) Péage. In many city
areas the autoroute will be free in the zone around the
city (not in Nice for example) and you will stop at a Péage
to collect a ticket and stop at another at then of that
section's toll road to pay. Most autoroutes are very well
served by fuel stations, some with hotels. Approximately
every 15 kilometres you will find an Aires - This is rest
area with parking, tables and chairs for picnics and toilets,
but no fuel. There are normally emergency telephones on
the autoroute network every 2 km. These are orange and marked
is illegal to drive on a French motorway at less than 80km/h
(approx 50 mph) in the fast lane.
Petrol - Essence | Unleaded - Sans Plomb (Green on pump
handle)| Diesel - Gazole (Black on pump handle)| LPG - Gepel/GPL|
Please note that most larger petrol stations will accept
credit cards, however many of the automated ones will only6
accept a French one.
Also: Driving in France and Corsica