Driving In France, Driving Laws In France, Safety  Requirements, Car Seats
  • Seatbelt use is required in France.  

On the highway, keep to the right except to pass, Speed limits for clear days and lower limits for rainy days, and reduced speed for exits make France's highways familiar to the North American driver.  

  • Lights on in low visibility                 
Gassing your vehicle is similar to the procedure in the US including the self service feature, automatic shut off pumps, and the use of the credit card. Diesel is common in France and called Gazole.

  • All cell phone use is prohibited while driving  including those with headsets.
Radar detectors are prohibited. Possession ore use is subject to a fine.
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.
In France, traffic entering a rotary from the right had the right of way for years.  This law has changed but the habit lingers. Signs often denote right of way.
Use caution in the rotary and on country roads when there is traffic entering from your right

When entering a town slow to 50 km
Vehicle in the rotary has the right of way
Driving in France requires safety equipment which should be supplied by the rental agency.  Order a car seat and stroller well ahead of your arrival.  The rental agent should supply the required safety equipment: colored reflective vest and warning triangle.
The vehicle should have a reflective warning triangle and a reflective jacket on board in case of breakdown or flat tire
Children under ten should not ride in the front seat.  Small children should have a car seat.  Seat belt use in all seats is mandatory.
Car seats are available from the  rental agency.
Baby carriages are also available to rent at the car rental agency.

The vehicle should have a
reflective warning triangle in case of flat tire or breakdown.  
The vehicle must have a
reflective jacket on board in case of breakdown.

In snow areas the vehicle should be equipped with snow tires or chains.
The International driving Permit is not required in France.
Driving In France requires that Children under ten do not ride in the front seat. Small children require a car seat. Book a child seat with the rental agency ahead.  Seat belt use in all seats is mandatory. Safety Vest and triangle in trunk
Driving In France, gas stop highway rest area.
Driving In France requires safety equipment and car seats for  small children.
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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.
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Driving In France requires car seats for  small children and safety vest with reflective material in case of a breakdown on the highway.
  • Breathalyzer
Driving in France once required that you carry  a breathalyzer kit.  This law was discontinued recently.
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