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 economical option.
Environmental friendly fuels will cost a little more; you can choose them at the pump in a modern station.
Gassing Up, Refueling
Highway Driving in France involves following the 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 America.
The Renting of an automobile varies little from the US or Canada
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 France
A modern service stop on the highway will offer fuel, rest rooms, a café, and information
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
Do You need an International Driving Permit To Drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license from your home country and perhaps your passport. Italian law, however, requires that you carry an IDP as does Spain, Portugal, Greece, and several of the former Soviet Union countries. The International driver's permit is issued by the American Automobile 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 Europe.
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
Save Money On Fuel
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 France. (Gasoil).
will be labeled Essence sans Plomb (In this example, unleaded gasoline)
Diesel is called diesel or gazole in France. (Gasoil).
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,
Save on Fuel
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.
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The web offers selection, price, and ease of booking online.. Shop well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options. Reserve extras such as telephone, baby carriage, car seats.
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.
Save on Fuel Costs
Highways will offer the modern gas stop but fuel is less expensive in the small towns.