Driving in France, Gassing Up, Gas or Diesel
Highway Travel Service Stops
Highway driving is just like highway travel in the
US with toll tickets, rest areas, food and gas
stops all being very similar. Keep small change
handy in coins for the automatic toll gates.
Car rentals will offer Diesel and gas models.
Diesel fuel is readily available in France and an
Environmental friendly fuels will cost a little
more; you can choose them at the pump in a
Gassing Up, Refueling and Highway Driving, International Traffic Symbols
Both gasoline and diesel are
readily available in France.
Driving France's highways is
very similar to travel in the US,
Canada, or Mexico with high
speed toll roads, and rest
areas/gas stops. Credit Cards
are accepted in highway
refueling stops. Maps, snacks,
and lavatories are available at
the highway rest stops.
In France, highway
driving, gas stops,
exits and entrances,
and Traffic Laws,
differ little from North
The Renting of an
little from the US or
An exit sign showing the route number of the feeder
road with the towns listed. The speed limit is listed
on a white sign with a red circle: 90 KM per hour or
about 56 miles per hour
Car Rental Agencies will offer gas or Diesel
models with maps of Highway Routes.
Gassing your vehicle is similar to the procedure in the US
including the self service feature, (Called Libre service,
Not free gas, just self service) automatic shut off pumps,
and the use of the credit card. Diesel is common in
A modern service stop
on the highway will offer
fuel, rest rooms, a café,
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
Do You need an
Driving Permit to
drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you
can rent a car and do
not need to show an
only your drivers
license from your
home country and
passport. Italian law,
however, requires that
you carry an IDP as
does Spain, Portugal,
Greece, and several of
the former Soviet
Union countries. The
permit is issued by
Association AAA in
the States and the
CAA in Canada. The
cost is $15 and not a
bad bit of insurance
against running into
trouble while driving in
Caution on Fueling:
Diesel is common in France, such that the pumps for both
gasoline and Diesel could be on the same Island. While
the nozzle for a diesel pump will not fit in the smaller
opening for gasoline, the gasoline nozzle could fit into a
diesel fill tube. If you have a diesel vehicle, be sure to use
diesel; called in France either Diesel or gazole
A diesel vehicle will be less expensive
to run. Gasoline will not always be
more expensive than diesel but diesel
delivers more MPG.
When gassing up, note that fuel will
be less expensive at the local filling
station in the small town or village
than on the highway.
Diesel is called diesel or Gazole in
will be labeled
Essence sans Plomb
(In this example,
Diesel is called diesel
or gazole in France.
Driving to Provence: Rental cars are available at CDG Airport and high speed toll roads will speed you to
Provence. A one day trip is possible but a two day trip will allow sightseeing on the way,
A diesel vehicle will be less expensive to run.
When gassing. Note that fuel will be less expensive at the local filling station or Market in the small town
or village than on the highway. Diesel is called diesel or Gazole in France.
Driving in France includes refueling with either
gasoline or diesel. Both are readily available in
France but diesel is more often preferred in France.
Driving France's highways will offer the gas stop but
fuel is less expensive in the small towns.
Return the rental car with an empty tank? See Policy details
Auto Europe offers selection, price, and ease of booking on the web.. Shop
online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space,
standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options. Renting for
more than 17 days; see their options
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.
Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available
in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France and Italy
Driving in France, Refueling; gasoline and
diesel are readily available.
Driving in France's hill
towns will require
experience with the clutch in
standard shift automobiles.
Driving in France requires that you carry a
breathalyzer kit. They are inexpensive and readily
available in Markets
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