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Easter Drive Down - chit chat

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judicious use of tablets.. the electronic kind.. helped!

@sparklies, I'm a fan of better living through chemistry - particularly in the case of children on a long journey. We dole out 'Joyrides' at the start of the day and find it makes for a placid atmosphere in the back of the car. And so far so good - no car sickness on the twisty mountain roads.
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@tomj, yeah.. you're right about that. Trouble is, on the way up we didn't want them dopey for skiing, and on the way back we didn't want them sleeping too much in the car in case they didn't sleep later! Although for future reference given the time of day we'll be leaving, I think joyrides on the way home are probably worth it.

Saturday is definitely "changeover" day in France for any nationality!
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PieterG wrote:
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I was shocked how bad they were driving down for Easter. Very nearly taken out by one lane swapping, every accident I saw was a Belgium registered car.


I'm sorry, but I saw 2 accidents on my way back from Val d'Isère via Reims and all had UK-licenseplates Wink
I even got tailed for more than 200km by a Brit who loved my pace of 160km/h.

But ok, generally speaking we may speed a little on the French highways, but hey, at least we are quiet at night in the resorts Wink


Well if you want to break the law that's your lookout. British driving did take a dip the moment we got back to the UK with the lack of lane discipline british drivers seem to use. But tail gating and pulling out in front is Belgium driving rules.
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@blahblahblah, tailgating really does my head in. Of course plenty of British drivers do it too, but I definitely noticed a lot more of it on this drive. How on earth anyone can think it is safe to drive so close behind somebody they can't even see them in their wing mirrors is a mystery to me. At one point I put my hazards on as I needed to slow slightly in order to pull over (was already doing over 130km/h and did not wish to increase this further!) to rejoin the inside lane. They had left me no space for me to slow down in order to get out of their way and frankly it was quite scary. And before anyone suggests it.. no, I hadn't been sitting in the outside lane at all, this driver was just being rude and unsafe. Hazards seemed to do the trick though, probably confused them as much as anything else but they bought me some breathing room to pull over!
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@sparklies, Yes, I found the hazards a useful tool, and I make a point of pulling in after overtaking ( noted British cars take this as an insult and have to retake you back) left foot braking helps as well. All in all it is still so much better than the UK, not sure I would want to drive 1000km in a day here.
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@blahblahblah, ha, yes they do take it as an insult! It came as a surprise to me to see there was no willy-waving over having to overtake again when I did it in France. Drives me bonkers - the whole speeding up when you overtake crap too. Didn't see much of that in France at all, but see it regularly here at home.

I always pull back in too, but I also like to leave a bit of a gap (not a massive one, just a safe one) when pulling back in. Not just because it's potentially dangerous to cut people up, but as I use adaptive cruise control myself, I'm very aware that when people cut right in front, it will cause them to have to slow down (and then accelerate again - petrol cost!) in order to keep a manufacturer-decided safe distance. However, the number of people who seem to think I should cut up the car I've just overtaken because they would themselves seems to be far too high. Of any nationality.

Part of the reason this was our first drive to skiing is because we have relatives in Cornwall and Cumbria. 5-6 hours total drive time. On UK roads. So you can see why I was put off! Such a difference especially off-peak times on French roads - it was genuinely pleasant and the hours just melted away.
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Tolls for my Easter to and from were €169.20 - which includes an on and off at Reims for fuel on the way down. (just got the invoice) 1833km on toll roads.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Routes on via Michelin show the toll cost.
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Just an FYI, check your statements if using a toll tag. Couple of times in past we've shown up as Class 2 (big car with roof box triggers sensors) but have always appealed and had it reduced to Class 1
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@Boris, thanks for that! Will look closely - we definitely have a big car with a roofbox!
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Just an FYI, check your statements if using a toll tag. Couple of times in past we've shown up as Class 2 (big car with roof box triggers sensors) but have always appealed and had it reduced to Class 1
Our local slip road access outside Cluses has always done this...even with a bike up it thinks were are a van!
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