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Driving in France

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Guys - not really on topic for a skiing forum, but thought I'd leverage your experience about driving in France and the requirements/recommendations from those that regularly do it. I'm going over (with a caravan) from Newhaven to Dieppe in July. What do I need to have with me for a trip to EuroDisney (other than patience and bags of cash)....high vis, safety triangle, peage tag etc etc. Cheers for any hints and tips.....R
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@riman8, https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/country/france/
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@riman8, I believe you need to carry a breathalyser ( to measure alcohol ) as well. Best to check somewhere like The AA for definitive guides......

https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe/country-by-country
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A string of onions around your neck and a beret on your head are not obligatory but considered polite.
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don't need the breathalyser (not having one is no longer enforced)
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If it's a one off and a straight trip to and from Eurodisney I wouldn't bother with a peage tag. If you are going regular then ask again.
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Some speed limits are changing from 1st July. Single carriageway out of town is going to be 80km/h inatead of 90km/h.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180307/france-to-lower-speed-limit-to-80kmh-in-july-despite-opposition
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@Hells Bells, Thanks about the speed limit reminder. I'd forgotten.

@riman8, Personally I wouldn't bother with the telepeage transceiver unless of course you are travelling alone, which I doubt since you'll need someone to talk to in the queues at Eurodisney. However I would take a spare set of bulbs and take out european breakdown cover. I was very glad of it when we broke down near Laon in the spring. And of course a couple talking books.
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@johnE, even if you're travelling alone I believe a lot of the tolls have contactless machines, so just glue your credit card to a stick Wink
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Light bulbs. Hi Viz INSIDE THE CAR not in the boot. First Aid kit. Warning triangle
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Check that your route doesn't go through an area that requires vehicles to have a criti'air vignette. Some info here:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/travel/2017/03/driving-to-france-check-now-if-you-need-a-new-emissions-sticker-to-avoid-a-possible-100-fine
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@SnoodlesMcFlude, Very Happy I suppose you use a postit to attach the toll ticket to the stick.
I like the way you are thinking
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@johnE, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helping-Hand-26-inch-Lightweight-Reacher/dp/B005LFYU1Y/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8&tag=amz07b-21 Wink
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Ensure you have all your car registration and insurance documents, as well as your driving licence. Driving in France is generally a big improvement on driving in the UK.
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Box set of Allo Allo DVDs, so that you can learn the lingo!

Remember that although we are in the EU, any parking disputes are highly unlikley to reach your home address in the UK. So be abusive to parking law, and accept all tickets with contempt.

A tent might be useful!


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You can always reverse through the tolls if you haven’t got a doofer. Handbrake turn as you approach for maximum style points.
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jbob wrote:
You can always reverse through the tolls if you haven’t got a doofer. Handbrake turn as you approach for maximum style points.

Worked with a guy who used to do that to get into the car park at work. Not the handbrake turn bit.
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pam w wrote:
Driving in France is generally a big improvement on driving in the UK.

Except for the Belgians. And the French have no clue about roundabouts.
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And the French have no clue about roundabouts

Are you trying to go round them the wrong way, @Layne? wink
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pam w wrote:
Ensure you have all your car registration and insurance documents, as well as your driving licence. Driving in France is generally a big improvement on driving in the UK.


Must have changed radically since the 80s when I did it, then, when motorway accidents seemed routine. It's quite possible; I see there has been quite a clamp down on speed, and enforcement of limits.
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Yes, it's much better now, @achilles. But the thing which makes the huge difference is so much less traffic, if you avoid the obvious trouble spots (and all the information you need to do so is on http://www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/). And generally road surfaces are far better - I cycled 100 miles round Normandy a couple of weeks ago, mostly on minor roads, and don't think I saw a pot hole.

French drivers are much better than British ones at lane discipline but do have an irritating habit of overtaking then getting straight back into the lane in front of you, too close. Drives me bonkers, that. I am hard-wired to keep my distance from the vehicle in front and that French habit means taking your foot off to maintain safe distance.
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And the French have no clue about roundabouts

Are you trying to go round them the wrong way, @Layne? wink

You only ever do that once lol.

I have resided/worked in Milton Keynes for 30 years, roundabouts are in my DNA wink
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I remember back in the day when the French rule on roundabouts was that trafic entering the roundabout had priority. It took a long time for the change to be universally adopted. I see the British are now adopting the French rules for signalling at roundabouts - ie do not do it.
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Ah but the French have the roundabout to end all roundabouts.
Around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris with 12 roads feeding on to it and the old rules applying.
Combining Parisian drivers with "Priorité à droite" is an adrenalin inducing experience like no other. Laughing
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