Good to know - Driving in France

Are you a UK Motorist planning to drive in France?

It is a legal requirement you carry:


•    A full and valid UK driving license - both the photo card and paper counterpart
•    A GB sticker clearly displayed on the back of your car - unless your car has 'Euro-plates' (number plates that show the European circle of 12 stars on a blue background).
•    Your motor insurance certificate.
•    Headlamp converters (stickers placed on the headlights of right-hand drive cars when driving on the right, to prevent lights dazzling motorists coming the other way)
•    A warning triangle and reflective vest for use if you break down or have to pull over to change a wheel or deal with any other problem.  The reflective vest must be kept inside the vehicle (not in the boot) so you can reach it without exiting the vehicle. 
•    As from 1 July 2012 all drivers visiting France are required to carry a breathalyser in their car. The rules apply to anyone travelling to or through France by car regardless of the length of visit.


It is recommended you carry:


•    Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
•    A fire extinguisher
•    A first aid kit


Essential Information


•    The minimum age for driving in France is 18 
•    Seatbelts must be worn at all times (this applies to everyone in the car)
•    A crash helmet must be worn when riding a motorcycle
•    Remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road and you may have to give priority to traffic coming from the right.
 

Speed limits on French Roads


•    Normal Conditions
Motorways: 130kph
Towns: 50kph
Major roads: 110kph


•    Wet Conditions
Motorways: 110kph
Major roads: 90kph


All necessary information is available on the French Government website