Renting A Car In France, Auto Rental France,
Car Hire
Driving in France:
Speed Limits
Speed limits in Europe are by KPH: Kilometers per hour and are clearly marked along most roads in France, often with flashing lights.          
Berms,or speed bumps are used to slow traffic but are not too large and  in limited numbers. They are  marked by a tent like symbol that will look like the symbol for a campsite.
Speed limits are clearly posted as above; this is 80.77 mph when clear, 68.35 in the rain  130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day 110 in the rain,
speed limits through villages will be greatly reduced and enforced
Car Rental, Luggage Space
When shopping for a rental car, you should consider your need for luggage space when determining size of the vehicle. Some agencies suggest the number of bags that each model can carry,
Shop on line well ahead of your trip.
Another important consideration will be your ability to drive a standard shift vehicle.  You will find Highway driving is just like highway travel in the US with toll tickets, rest areas, food and gas stops all being very similar but hill villages will require skill with the clutch in standard shift vehicles.
Familiarity with the
International  Driving Symbols would help. A map legend will have explanations of  the various  symbols and road sign logos.
Car Rental,  Luggage Space, Standard Shift, International Traffic Symbols
Renting A Car In France, Auto Rental France, or  Car Hire will include choices.  When booking a car rental in France Consider Luggage Space, Standard Shift or Automatic, Diesel or Gas, and air conditioning.
In France the Car Rental, the vehicles, and the Traffic Laws,  vary little from the US  or Canada.
International Traffic Symbols are graphic rather than language based as in the US
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
Car Rental can be booked on  line through Auto Europe.  They broker the best deal with agencies located in all major cities and at TGV train stations in the smaller cities like Avignon.  GPS and cell available
Standard shift rental will be the least expensive but require skill with the clutch in the hillside villages.
Driving in France is done on the right side of the road and is  similar to the USA, Canada, and Mexico
Highway Driving in France differs little from US, Canada, and Mexico
Marked Speed Limits similar Traffic Laws, Rest stops for Gassing up.
On side roads The Rotary will display directions to villages and cities
Return the rental car with an empty tank?  See Policy details
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,
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    Italian law requires that See Article
No Passing for commercial vehicles
No Passing zone ends
Rotary
with yield to traffic in rotary
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 Provence
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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.
Renting a car in France is similar to the USA, driving is done on the right side of the road
Seatbelt use is required in France.  
Children under ten should not ride in front and must use seat belts or,
for a small child, a
car seat is mandatory.  Book the car seat well ahead of
your arrival date.

On the highway, keep to the right except to pass, Speed limits for clear days
 

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 in France
Safety Equipment

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

The rental agency will supply
these

Renting A Car In France, Safety Equipment Required, Auto Rental France, Car Hire
Renting a car in France is similar to renting in USA, Canada, and Mexico
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