Driving in France, The Rotary, International Traffic Symbols
Driving in France
differs little from driving in
the USA and even
includes a similar rotary.
The marked difference
might be the narrow
roads in the rural
countryside and fast and
impatient drivers among
the locals in the city
which may be a surprise
to the less than
aggressive American and
Canadian motorist. .
While Driving in France the rotary will become a welcome sight because they have
signs clearly marking directions to cities and towns.
When in doubt about a direction, you can circle the rotary as many times as it takes
to get your bearings. The rotary is a welcome sight also because they eliminate the
need for a traffic light at a crossroads.
Even in the big cities the French and Italian roads use the rotary to speed traffic along
and avoid the gridlock that often snarls US big city traffic.
The rotary around the Arc de Triomphe might be the classic: eight lanes of screaming
traffic whiz around France's iconic arch at the end of the Champs-Elysees and peel off
in various directions without ever going through the gears.
Study the rotary nuance marked by arrows, however, the car in the rotary does
not always have sole right of way.
Will it fit:
and small RV.
Driving in France is very
similar to travel in the US or
Canada with in most cases,
the right of way for cars in the
symbols will show right of way.
Driving in France for Americans or
Canadians: No driving test needed,
renting a car very similar.
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.
The symbol at left tells you that you have the right of
way Traffic entering the road must stop and give
way to your progress. The symbol on the top right
indicates that you are on the main road and have
the right of way. You will see this symbol in a
village or small town.
Use caution in the rotary and on country roads
when there is traffic entering from your right.
Not all drivers in France observe the new right of
The black bar through
the triangle indicates
that right of way for
vehicles on the main
road has ended and
they must give way to
vehicles entering from
indicates right of
way for the
vehicle in the
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
While Driving in France, The Rotary will become a welcome sight
because they have signs clearly marking directions to cities and towns.
When in doubt about a direction, you can circle the rotary as many
times as it takes to get your bearings.
While Driving in France use the Rotary signs that
mark directions to cities and towns. Right of way
in the roatary could vary follow International traffic
symbols to determine right of way.
Driving in France, Rest stop, gas
station highway exit.
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
requires that you
carry an unused
breathalyzer kit. They
are inexpensive and
readily available in
Driving in France as of July
2012 requires that you carry
a breathalyzer kit. They are
inexpensive and readily
available in Markets
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