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Driving in France from UK
Drivers in France from July 1st have at least one unused breathalyser on board with the French NF certification mark.
Motorway speed limit: 130kph (110kph in the wet).
Drink-drive limit: 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Other mandatory equipment: warning triangle, reflective jackets, breathalyser.
Lastly, do get European breakdown insurancewhich not only may save a wad of cash but will also save a lot of stress as most policies will have an operator service who will arrange a mechanic on the spot or tow truck, though you might need to explain your whereabouts in French to a grumpy trucker!
Car hire in France/Europe if you prefer to fly/drive
– rent a diesel car. The fuel is cheaper in most European countries including France.
– consider bringing a child seat or booster with you, some companies charge silly fees.
– carefully check the car for damage when picking it up.
– excess damage insurance can be hefty. If you’re confident in your driving skill fine, but beware French road parking habits which can be brutally casual though, to be fair, we believe that French drivers are more sensible these days than Brits and certainly less prone to Road Rage.
Consider buying excess car insurance policy before setting off. This will almost certainly be cheaper than adding it to the car hire fee and may include additional cover of big-ticket items such as tyres and windows. In the event of a problem the hire company will charge your credit card but the British insurer will then refund that excess.
– return the car on time, if not before. Later than 30 minutes and you may be charged as much as a full day’s rate and you won’t necessarily know about it until you see your credit card statement back home!