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.
Gassing your vehicle is similar to the procedure in the US including the self
- Lights on in low visibility
service feature, automatic shut off pumps, and the use of the credit card.
Diesel is common in France and called Gazole.
Radar detectors are prohibited. Possession ore use is subject to a fine.
- All cell phone use is prohibited while driving including those with
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
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
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.
Return the rental car with an empty tank? See Policy
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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 car
seats for small children and
safety vest with reflective
material in case of a
breakdown on the highway.
Driving in France requires that you carry a
breathalyzer kit. They are inexpensive and readily
available in Markets
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